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what are features?the open-publishing newswire is the heart of the portland indymedia website. In this forum, people can deliver their own original message, in their own words (and photos, audio and video), directly to an audience without editorial interference. Empowering people to become the media in this way is the intent and purpose of open publishing.
many items on the portland newswire (and other IMC newswires), however, are re-posts from other publications. as a way of encouraging more original content, center-column features on the portland website highlight only original newswire items, and use only the author/producers' own words. there is no content in the center column written by an editorial group.
people who upload features for the portland indymedia website, therefore, do not write or fact-check as part of the feature-uploading process. fact-checking, grammatical choices, etc., are aspects of reporting and up to the person posting the original piece. people who upload features may also report and publish to the newswire, of course, since everyone can.