|What is AnderNieuws.Net||English|
"Ander Nieuws Net" (ANN) translates into something like "Other/Alternative News
Network". ANN isn't a new medium, it's a network and platform of independent media and media makers. We will promote cooperation, coordination, the exchange of media material and the development of tools, facilities and education.
Many idea's for this project are based on experiences with international 'media experiments', but at this moment ANN will be limited to the Dutch language. Making ANN work on this scale will be difficult enough. As many media initiatives, ANN suffers from the general lack of 'techies' and programmers, working on media tools and facilities. So ANN is also trying to find funds to get things done.
The need for cooperation
Of course there are already many nice initiatives working on independent media: web sites, mailing lists, radio's, magazines, video groups, media workshops, etc. But the audiences are small and there is little cooperation with other media, which means that many good efforts get lost in the 'information noise'.
That is a pitty. Independent media are about news, outreach and responsibility, not competition. And cooperation does not mean: losing your independence and identity.
In several phases we will work on the establishment of:
Start up conference
On September 11 and 12 2004 a conference was organized to really start up the network. Several working groups were formed. AnderNieuws.net will also develop a 'code' for media and correspondents and will issue a ANN press card.
Many ideas for AnderNieuws.Net grew out off various experiments with organizing (international) coverage of events by the independent media beforehand, such as the worldwide protests against the war in Iraq.
AnderNieuws.Net is a project started by (and hosted by) the dDH foundation, a non-profit NGO, founded in 1994. dDH runs a selfsupporting Independent Internet Platform (own server), which hosts many web sites and mailing lists. dDH is build by volunteers and funded by its participants. In the future AnderNieuws.Net may well become a seperate NGO, run by its participants.
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