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By Darrin Nupuf
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About this project

We all share a common issue; main stream journalism is in crisis mode! Funding serious well researched topics is not easy! We are being feed constant garbage and news reporting is in decline like it or not. That does not mean that great news reporting not happening, what is being covered is in decline!

We can add to the issue or be part of the solution! Our solution puts the writers and journalist first and develops a new funding platform for artists, writers and journalists. This is your chance to discuss options live at kickstarter!

With small steps we can achieve big goals!

Darrin Nupuf has proposed a real option to change how journalism is funded. Not by a big system, through a community networking solution. Proimages Communications is ready to lead the way and build the application to make it work! Our vision for an open source 'wordpress plugin' that other sites can build on is a huge step forward. It's just a simple first step for us!

Indie Music News is venturing into a new media frontier.  We have all been inspired by cutting edge media giants such as CNN, ROLLING STONE and WIRED MAGAZINE, who invigorated an industry through their boldness and courage to raise the bar. 

This is the first step towards building real tools and solutions like:

  • Help with story development and formatting
  • Fact checking story content and links
  • Archiving story elements through a secured platform
  • Mentoring young writers and developing an editorial Committee
  • Distribution network and revenue reports
  • News reader application (personal)
  • Open source Wordpress plugin

We will develop this application to build and present topics with a modern visual design and layout. We can deliver aggregated news topics to numerous devices while intertwining them with social networking sites. This app is guaranteed to uplift arts and news communities worldwide. This provides many new avenues for the arts, bands, musicians, movements, causes and cover stories. Our journalists will gain exposure through easily accessible sharing outlets.

With the creation of an innovative independent news service and mobile news application, we're filling the gaps that have widened throughout the main stream media reporting community. Today content is king and truth has been lost within the crevices of modern reporting. IMN will leap frog to the front of the curve with a visionary open source news platform. This unique mission is determined to push the boundaries by assisting 'Independent Journalists' through the process of developing stories, fact checking, layout, design, revenues and distribution.

Main web site - http://IndieMusicNews.com

The Wide Angle Perspective

In general, IMN feels the overall mainstream news organizations have become biased to fulfill their own personal agendas and limit exposure to controlled information reporting. A hundred varieties of selective truth techniques that saturate the marketplace for manipulation of our communities, while eliminating the real stories that never see the light of day. Some of these methods include; bribery, lobbying, coercion, fact manipulation, as well as self-serving sources determined to regurgitate repetitious news reports. We all can concur that mass media is permanently scarred by this disdain and distorted by a minority  that are driven by profits and political gains.

This is why IMN is taking a stand and developing this mobile news platform that puts a new wave of independent reporting at the people’s fingertips. We pride ourselves on partnering with non-traditional avenues such as Kickstarter, due to its unbiased nature and structure. We believe it lays the power at the doorsteps of real people whom want to make a difference. This is a great opportunity to help the IMN movement and establish a home for ‘journalists’.

IMN is about real stories for real people without the mainstream control mechanisms.

Our Solution

IMN’s mobile music and news application will assist ‘Journalists’ to collaborate on topics by providing this dedicated platform.  We provide the essential resources to put their voices in front of viewers in a well formatted and easily accessible way. As an open framework, sites from across the web can collaborate and partner with IMN on developing topics through tie-ins. The framework will use Cloud applications like Google drive and Dropbox solutions. We will also add our own storage solutions and provide an additional level of protection for high priority stories.

IMN’s journalist's will focus on covering current news within their local communities such as; events, charities, cover stories, special interest topics and live breaking news. The application will instantly inform our editors, along with our research teams, to jump into action by developing the story and assimilate the content into an elegant design for an intuitive user experience.  The application will share the content with global news agencies and social networks while building revenue for the journalism teams.

We see the Kickstarter backers as an ‘Instrumental Component’ in bringing the IMN vision to fruition and jump starting this collaborative crusade. Beyond this first step, the mobile application will be designed to evolve through incremental updates implemented as custom features. We envision future developments to include IMN news teams in a virtual news network.  The application will offer advanced privacy options to document and archive data into a secured database in real time to preserve the efficiency and integrity of the stories being reported. Quality is our main objective on all fronts and will always remain a top priority with IMN in building a brighter more vocal future.

STEP #1 - Public review of goals and objectives - 1-2 weeks

WIREFRAME MOCKUPS
WIREFRAME MOCKUPS

STEP #2 - Build a mock up and specification for design and functionality 2-3 weeks

Drill down working prototype
Drill down working prototype

STEP #3 - Build first web applications and launch beta testing phase with round #1 goals and functionality testing 2-3 months

Delevlop application for different devices
Delevlop application for different devices

STEP #4 - Finish beta cycle and prepare for public release of wordpress plugin, followed by public release of mobile applications 1-3 months.

What do our backers get?

First, the IMN executive team thanks YOU for your time and consideration to become an exciting part of history. We are eager to have YOU on board our editorial team as part of the IMN collaborative. YOU help co-create a new model and YOU will be a part of a developing a future destined for greatness!  We have many future plans for YOU to grow with us as we build out the IMN brand!  

Every backer will be personally acknowledged on our backer/sponsor page of the IMN platform. All backers over $25 will receive a limited edition executive sponsorship pack produced exclusively for Kickstarter backers.

IMN’s backers who invest $250 will receive a custom Hoodie, our investor sponsorship package and limited edition coffee mug. YOU get to drink down the satisfaction and achievement of being part of a massively important movement! When this Kickstarter is funded, YOU can share in the knowledge that your money is helping to build a groundbreaking forum where open information, communication, and collaboration becomes possible.

CHECK OUT THE SUPER-FLY shirts and hats made just for our backers!  Sponsorships and long term advertising placements will also be included in our offers.

IndIeMusicNews - T-Shirt Printed Front and Back
IndIeMusicNews - T-Shirt Printed Front and Back
Clothing and reward samples
Clothing and reward samples
Small sampling of Darrin's Fine art prints
Small sampling of Darrin's Fine art prints

Sponsorship and long term advertising placements will also be included in our offers.

For more info check out our Kickstarter FAQ page

http://indiemusicnews.com/kickstarter

http://indieMusicNews.com

Thanks, 
Darrin Nupuf and the IMN Team

Risks and challenges

Many Kickstarter projects encounter fulfillment issues. Our project is running now and providing promotion rewards before we even end the fundraiser.

Darrin Nupuf has been designing web applications for over ten years and has built a number of large scale sites and solutions. Companies like Workrite.com (a division of Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.) and Beverly International have been running successfully for years on his shopping cart frameworks. Darrin hosts over 200 web sites on 3 Linux servers and specializes in building Wordpress solutions. We made sure all of our offers for backers are in reach and can be provided on time.

We are building a new wordpress pluging and synced mobile application from the ground up. You are a part of that process during each phase from development to completion. This application will help solve problems with collecting and publishing stories. This modular application will work independently of the major systems and will search private data sources and offer research assistance, peer review and revenue solutions. Involving the backers in each step of the development process is a unique challenge we are looking forward to.

We have an application development team ready to start this project soon as our Kickstarter is funding is confirmed. With funds we can expand our team with goals like; a TV show, radio show and published magazine!

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING PROTOTYPE? YES!
http://proimages.com/mgtv/
The original http://Musicgroups.tv mockup - This interactive prototype was built in 1999 and shows the type of interactivity we can bring to this project. This 12yr old flash based sample still works on most mobile devices except apple mobile. We plan to redesign the project with new standards for apple tablets and future devices. The first version will work as a combined mobile application and Wordpress plug-in. The early prototype is estimated to be available in 2-3 months from successful funding. The final version is estimated for June 2013 release.

Thank you for helping to support Independent Music and News! By the People. For the People. To the People!
Darrin Nupuf - CEO PROIMAGES COMMUNICATIONS

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    Thank you ADVOCATE! Your are now part of a collaborative news platform that will help journalists by developing great tools! We’ll mention our backers in a few stories and on our sponsor page. Your also included in the collaborative development and design process of our new application and news network.

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    You are now a VIP!! By popular demand we have added a mobile news reader application to the project! This offer includes lifetime VIP access to the IMN services. Exclusive behind the scenes content, music, and stories. We have no rules! The backers help decide which features we add and how they work! This project is about fundamentally changing how journalism is paid for and developed! With your help we can make a real difference! All rewards over $2 include the VIP app.

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    Welcome ACTIVIST! You can directly help create a news platform for Citizen Journalism, we are proud to build a winning team! We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our website. This reward includes first tier offers and a hand written thank you card, and a few of our 'fine art' cards being prepared for exclusively Kickstarter awards and some IMN stickers. Funding news with art!

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    ARTISTS you can be a RADICAL for change! We are making a very special LIMITED OFFER for bands and musicians. Back our IMN project for $25 and we will start a FEATURED PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN about you immediately within 48 hours even before we reach our goal. Don't miss this opportunity!

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    As a PARTICIPANT your helping create a news platform and get to sport a custom IMN Java mug to show your part of this forward thinking movement. This reward includes the 1st and 2nd tier offers and a custom IMN - Coffee Mug

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    PARTICIPATE in creating an independent news platform and proudly become a human billboard for change with one of our awesome shirts. We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our website sponsor page. This reward includes the custom art cards, stickers and a custom IMN – T-Shirt

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    ASSIST in developing an independent news platform for journalists and proudly participate in a worldwide change of media power. We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our website sponsor page. This reward includes custom art cards, stickers and the custom IMN – Embroidered Hat.

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    You are the PARTICIPATOR of a new platform for Citizen Journalism! Proudly participate like a human billboard for change. We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our website sponsor page. This reward includes custom art cards, IMN stickers and a custom IMN Hoodie Sweatshirt.

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    As a CONTRIBUTOR to this new platform you directly help make journalism is just a little better!! While helping start an app and a movement. You'll get to sport some of new the coolest IMN threads and enjoy a warm beverage in our cool Java mug! We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our backers page. This reward includes a custom art cards, stickers, a custom IMN – T Shirt, Mug, and Hat!

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    Help create a REVOLUTIONARY news platform for Citizen Journalism and proudly participate on our editorial board. This collaborative group of editorial experts will be a feature built into our application to help make all our reporting pertinent and factual. Offer includes thank you cards, stickers and a special web shout-out about your projects that will include long term banners on main pages.

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    Your PARTICIPATORY actions will help build a journalism tool set like no other! Proudly participate like a human billboard for change. We’ll mention you in our first stories and give you a place on our website sponsor page. This reward includes special backer package of goods including the mug, custom art cards, IMN stickers and a custom IMN Hoodie Sweatshirt.

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    COLLEAGUE status allows you to help as a guest editor and to build news ideas for our journalists. Your directly helping to build an independent news solution! We’ll mention your efforts in our regular newsletters and first stories about the Kickstarter project and goals. You'll get a special backer page that will become a permanent page within the IMN site describing your projects showing your branding, feeds and videos. This reward includes a very special signed and matted art print and our fine art card bundle package.

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    You deserve a big reward! You're a PERSON OF INFLUENCE! Read our first drafts and provide direct feedback and have your name on the stories! You'll help to influence one of our awesome writers with story ideas and you’ll get a pack of thank you cards, stickers, a web shout-out about your story and influence.

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    Join in our news network as a PARTNER of our team, we build and host a dedicated news site for you (your own dot com) and tie you into the IMN network of sites. Revenue and a private wordpress site are included. Details to be discussed.

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    Our ASSOCIATE offer, includes co-branding packages and dedicated pages within our site, 'content and articles are limited by editorial board approval'. Your team and our team collaborate on projects, articles and missions. Our IT team will help install and implement the open source applications we are developing. You are involved in development and beta testing phases from day one.

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    Help create SOCIAL ACTIVISM! You can help by directly inspiring and mentoring a journalist or two for a year! You'll have your name on every story written by that writer. Your chance to have a direct influence on the future development of some of our writers! This package includes most of the offer tiers and a few extra special items.

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    As a CORPORATE SPONSOR of this news platform for Citizen Journalism, we will help build your brand recognition, while letting everyone know your a key sponsor of our independent news network. We’ll give you an exclusive co-branded position on our website and applications for 2 years. This reward includes most of our offer tiers, includes banners and a monthly brand consulting and strategy meeting. Your brand will be included in all phases of app development. Sponsors must agree to abide by our integrity and ethics guidelines established by the editorial committee.

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