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Grassroots Media Coalition includes :

The New York City Independent Media Center

Paper Tiger TV


Rooftop Films

Bands Against Bush

Youth Free Expression Network

Educational Video Center

Global Action Project

La Lutta New Media Collective

The Grassroots Media Coalition is asking independent journalists from out of town to register here.

FAQ on Independent Media Center Space

Two actually. We have a registration / orientation / information space located in the Gigantic Art Space (GAS), 59 Franklin St. in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. The large, main Independent Media Center is located four blocks away at 220 Church St.,on the 13th floor.

What about the NYC-IMC on 29th St?

The regular NYC-IMC will be closed to the public for the duration of the Republican Convention. Throughout this FAQ, and between now and the beginning of September, when we refer to “IMC” we’ll be talking about the main space at 220 Church St.

I’m an independent media maker from out of town. What do I do when I get to New York?

The first thing you’ll want to do is show up at the registration center, 59 Franklin St. Once there, you’ll register and be issued an independent media ID. You need to hold onto this ID, and you’ll need to show it every time you enter the Independent Media Center (IMC).

Once you’ve registered, you can head over to 220 Church St., or just head out into the streets and start reporting!

How do I get from the GAS registration desk to the Independent Media Center?

There’s a map here (no link). We will also be providing maps at GAS.

How does registration work?

Everyone using the IMC needs to register. You can register ahead of time, online, here.

You can also register in person at the GAS once you get into New York. The more people who register online, ahead of time, the better.

I hear that you’re charging $30 for registration. This doesn’t seem fair. Shouldn’t making independent media be free??

We think that making independent media should be as close to free as humanly possible. We’re not out to make money out of this convergence, and once you register, use of everything else in the media center is totally free. However, we’re expecting hundreds of independent media makers to show up in the most expensive city in the world, and infastructure costs are running really high. You can see our proposed budget here.

Makes sense. But I’m low-income, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to use the space …

Low-income media makers need only pay $15 for use of the space. Please consider your financial situation ahead of time, however, before you take the low-income option.

This all seems fair to me. But I need to be honest. I have no money—literally, no money at all. What do I do?

No independent media maker who wants to use the space will be turned away. Please contact us directly to let us know this is why you have not sent in a payment so that we can process that on our registration list and to discuss other ways you can support the rnc-imc.

OK, I’ve registered. How long do I have access to the main media space?

You’ll have 24-hr access to the main media space, from August 27 – September 4. If you are in the city earlier and want to help set up, let us know. Or, email us at

Can I sleep at the media space?

The main media space will be used for media-making only, and there will be no storage or sleeping there.

I’m with the corporate media. Can I use your space for media making? Or can I observe you working at the space and write a story about you?

Members of the corporate media are welcome in the space for tours at designated times, and are also welcome for press conferences / events / etc. However, the corporate media has its own media making resources that we ask you to use. Only registered independent media can use the Church St. media space for media making.

Can only members of “Indymedia” use the space?

No, in fact non-IMC media groups in New York have been instrumental in preparing for the RNC.) We especially welcome media groups from low income communities / and communities of color.

I’m going to be doing a lot of media making outside the main space. Can I?

We’re hoping that the Church St. space will be the main hub for independent media in NYC. However, there will be some satellite spaces around the city. There are also tons of free wi-fi spots in New York. Go here for more information.

Enough with all of this logistical nonsense! Lets talk media making! What are photo / video / print / tech / audio teams doing in New York?

For information on video, you should check out either or Video will be producing a one hour show every night of the convention to be aired on MNN and FSTV. Anyone can submit a segment for the show. Check the websites for a segment form. Also we will be coordinating logging and dubbing of the tapes at the main convergence center for both legal purposes and to gather an archive of footage that can be used for additional video editing projects. Everyday there will be caucuses for new people to plug into projects.

For details on the Sound Coalition's plans, and to pick up the stream, click here. Radio reporters will be producing a 24-hour, 7-day a week web stream of convention protests. The show will be broadcast around the world through web sites and FM stations. The show schedule is open currently and a call is out to participate in any way people would like to. People can participate by contacting or calling 718 247-4371

The New York City Independent Media Center website ( will feature breaking news from the streets of New York, as well as in-depth coverage of every aspect of the Republican Convention.

Journalists with the Indypendent, New York’s free bi-weekly, have just published their latest RNC-related issue. They're running 200,000 copies of it, believed to be the largest print run in decades by any radical grassroots newspaper in the U.S. The Indypendent is also planning on two RNC issues during the week of the convention that will have press runs of 50,000.

What can I do between now and the time I get to New York?

Plenty. We’re still looking for help fundraising, so please go out into your local community and help us raise money and secure equipment (a lot of IMC’s have helped with this already—thanks!!) We still need computers, office supplies, a laminator, a fax machine, and much more. You should also contact members of your local activist community and figure out their plans for the RNC.

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