Table of contents
- What is Alternative Channel™?
- Participating in Alternative Channel™
- Becoming a member
- Why should a citizen or journalist contribute to Alternative Channel™?
- Who qualifies as a 'citizen journalist'?
- Why should I become an Alternative Channel™ member?
- Who can contribute to Alternative Channel™?
- How can I register a member account on Alternative Channel™?
- What is the difference between being a Member and being a Contributor?
- Becoming a Partner
- Alternative Channel™ editorial content
- What is the editorial content of Alternative Channel?
- How do I submit my videos?
- How are videos selected by the Editorial Team?
- Who owns the rights of the videos on Alternative Channel™?
- The internet as an online content source
- What is Alternative?
- What are the rules for using Alternative Channel™?
- Will Alternative Channel™ always be free?
- I'd like to use a video I found on Alternative Channel. How do I proceed?
- What are the contents chosen by Alternative Channel™?
- How to control the contents?
- What is an Alternative Content?
- Is there a limit to the number of videos I can upload?
- My file is too large to be uploaded, how can I do?
- Alternative Channel™ website
What is Alternative Channel™?back to top
Alternative Channel™ is an independently-and-transparently-managed video over internet channel, broadcasting (via streaming and video-on-demand) quality news and public interest videos from alternative voices. Among those, citizen journalists and viewers around the world, collaborating via the internet, mobile platforms and all other means supporting IP.
What makes Alternative Channel™ different from other independent, video-based news and media sites is its capacity through our user generated content to deliver information without depending on corporate services. Rather, it is thanks to our worldwide community of Alternative members, citizens, journalists, or NGOs, who wants to deliver uncompromised information quickly and efficiently.
Our principlesback to top
Alternative Channel™ will always confirm the facts in submitted videos, while aiming at broadening its analysis.
Our goalsback to top
As a distinct distribution channel for alternative video content, our goals are the following :
- To become a leading source of alternative perspective on world news especially on social or environmental-oriented subjects.
- To provide a real and credible alternative voice to the world's "ignored" news
- To create a proactive international community among professional journalists, citizen journalists,citizens, NGOs, entrepreneurs and viewers—recognizing the need for an alternative media
- To reach out to a global audience and hit the 500 000 daily page views within the next 6 months
- To build a transparent, independent and financially healthy organization
- To be a leader in the IP/TV revolution
How is Alternative Channel™ different from other video distribution channels?back to top
We differentiate ourselves from Youtube, MySpace, DailyMotion, and other similar video sharing sites and communities by the following points:
- Alternative Channel™ is focused exclusively on the distribution of news and public interest videos especially dedicated to sustainable development, providing higher quality content to a targeted audience.
- Most of the videos seen on Alternative Channel™ are not mainstream content, providing a fresh perspective on alternative news.
Participate in Alternative Channel™
Becoming a member
Why should a citizen or a journalist contribute to Alternative Channel™?
Alternative Channel™ has the potential to deliver first-hand, frontline journalism without depending on corporate services. Its uniqueness lies in the democratisation of information and our ability to bypass mainstream agencies.
For citizen journalists or other contributors, Alternative Channel™ can become a platform and a community to share novel, ignored content :
- If you want to start making a difference;
- If you are unsatisfied with the stereotypical news broadcasted and disseminated in traditional media;
- If you think that you can bring an original perspective about an event or subject, allowing for a better and more complete understanding of the matter at hand.
Who qualifies as a "citizen journalist" acting for sustainable development ?back to top
In order to be an Alternative Channel contributor, you must be a so-called "citizen journalist" , first you have to fulfil the basic criteria of being both a citizen and a journalist. You must share information objectively, and be an active member of society, sharing your opinion and expressing yourself when appropriate. Alternative Channel is especially looking for "citizen journalists" aware of the needed change to preserve our planet and acting for sustainable development, contributos who want to provide video content to raise awareness about global issues.
A citizen journalist is someone who participates in democratic debate, bringing about their personal experience as a witness to an event. He or she should engage his fellow citizens in stories pertaining to current issues and give access to his peers to an alternative source of news which cannot be found in any other media. Citizen journalists help conscientise society through their reports.
If you have a message to pass on about global warming, humanitarian initiatives, sustainable development etc. , you know how to use a video camera and you think a large audience would like to hear about your story, then YOU are—or should be—a citizen journalist.
Why should I become an Alternative Channel™ member?back to top
As a member, you will have access to your member account « My Channel ». It allows you to create a portfolio comprised of other members' (or your own) videos. The "send to a friend" feature allows you to share your videos with your own friends, and in turn engages them in the Alternative Community. Aditionally, having them watch your videos increases your chances of winning the Contest and the global impact of your message, if you happen to be a contributor..
You can use Alternathve Channel™ as a launch platform for your videos : being an upcoming journalist, or simply as an internet personality, you can count on Alternative Channel™ to get you seen! Go public with our active community!
Become a member and invite your network of friends to join. By uploading your videos to the website, you are contributing to a community of citizen journalists; you can expand your contacts via other members who give their thoughts about your videos, share their comments or even vote for you in the contest!
To become a member also means to share your talent with others. As a Citizen Journalist you become the narrator of alternative news. We are truly interested in your vision of the world and the way you will take to express it will contribute to your popularity on the web.
In order to take part in Alternative Channel™'s community and to broadcast your videos, you will need to register as a contributing member.
Who can contribute to Alternative Channel™?back to top
Alternative Channel™ mission is to give a voice to every citizen who has a testimonial or a report that brings a new point of view to a subject considered as worth sharing to the community. Should you be a professional journalist, a simple citizen, a filmmaker, a student, a volunteer or a businessman etc. you can submit your video and if it respects our Code of Ethics, our Journalistic Policy and our quality standards it will be posted on.
This simple and powerful action is a step towards a better understanding of our world!
How can I become a Member of Alternative Channel™?back to top
In order to become a Member of Alternative Channel™, you have to fill in the registration form available online.
From the -Channel main page, you can click on it's free to join , on the "Contribute "or "Profile" tab and you will have a direct access to the registration form. A registration is compulsory, especially if you become a Contributor!
If any difficulties occur while you are editing your profile, please do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com
What is the difference between being a Member and a Contributor?back to top
Every simple visitor can watch as many videos he/she wants.
When you become a Member of Alternative Channel™, you have access to certain features as My Channel, you can vote, you can add your comments, etc.
A Member can become a Contributor of Alternative Channel™. In addition of the entire Members' privileges, a Contributor can submit his videos. He/She becomes an active member of the Alternative Channel Citizen Journalist Community and releases alternative news, highlighting unknown issues or giving a different point of view on unusual or original subjects.
Becoming a Partner
Who can become a Partner?back to top
You are a non-profit organization, a NGO, a company willing to promote its action and citizen-oriented initiatives. You are looking for partners and you wish to increase your network of contacts. You have audiovisual contents you wish to broadcast to a large and international audience or share with your contacts. Alternative Channel™ wants your voice to be heard and help you to promote your initiatives made for and by citizens. Alternative Channel™ offers you its support and partnership. And it is free!
Why become a Partner?back to top
To be Alternative Channel™ Partner means:
- To share its citizen commitment, values and Code of Ethic.
- To be associated with a policy composed with solidarity, communication between citizens and respect for others.
- To use the web as a grandstand in order to release your message, information, raise awareness about new issues or display your latest news.
- To take advantages from a superior visibility by inserting your logo or banner on the website and find directly your targeted public.
What are the advantages and services offeredback to top
Alternative Channel™ offers :
- To be the broadcaster of your videos and news and provide a unique and alternative channel, free from the conventional media.
- A member account where all your audiovisual documents can be stored and accessible to a worldwide audience. You can also share your videos with your contacts using the feature "send to a friend". If you want to send a mailing list, more technical means are also at your disposal, do not hesitate to contact us.
- Publish your press release on-line. Use the feature "Publish my press release", paste and copy your document and it will be automatically published on-line and accessible to a wide and targeted audience.
- A trilingual blog (English, French, Spanish). Alternative Channel™ can also release your information by writing. You are organizing a humanitarian, solidarity action, a cultural event about sustainable development, environmental issues, or public health etc. Send us your news, introduce your citizen action to Alternative Channel™ and we can help you passing the message on.
- Your Video-blog, named as http://myname.alternativechannel.tv , and accessible from your own website. It will be entirely dedicated to your news, your organization and its initiatives. You will have a private access to the content and you will be able to publish your own news and videos directly.If you wish to receive more information on this particular service, please do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative Channel offers several services linked with streaming, VOD (Video on demand), mobile telephony and other IP communications. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want more information! email@example.com
How to become a partner?back to top
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will be delighted to give an answer to every questions you may have, and to study the most accurate partnership according to your need.
If you would like to insert an advertisement, logo or banner, on Alternative Channel™'s website, please consult the advertising section of this page, or send us an email: email@example.com
Alternative Channel™ editorial content
What is the editorial content of Alternative Channel?back to top
We are building the capacity—through our citizen journalist generated content, to deliver information without depending on corporate services. Thanks to our worldwide community of contributors and partners we are able to deliver uncompromised information. Our uniqueness is our democratisation of information and our ability to bypass mainstream agencies. But this uniqueness also underlines our major challenge: to maintain quality and deliver credible information. This mandate of quality and credibility has been entrusted to Alternative Channel's™ Editorial team, whose responsibilities include applying our Code of Ethics and our Quality chart to all videos submitted by our contributors.
How do I submit my video?back to top
To submit your video, click on the tab « Contribute ». If you are not already a Contributor Member you will be automatically redirected to the registration form. The registration is needed as our Editorial Team must be assured of the origin of the video and may contact you if needed. Once you are registered or logged in, you have to fill in the 3 steps contribution form about your video.
Step 1: upload your videoback to top
Thumbnail: click on « browse » and insert an image extracted from your video (.jpeg, .gif, or .png). The upload will not work if you do not add a thumbnail.
Video: click on « browse » and insert your video. We suggest using formats such as: MP3 Audio, 320x240 resolution, 30 frames per second framerate , MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format.
Step 2: Give information about your videoback to top
Title: choose your language (en: English; fr: French; es: Spanish) and enter the original title of your video. You can also choose to enter your title in each language if needed.
Description: write a short introduction about your video, about 100 words maximum, in languages of your choice.
Tags: enter keywords symbolizing your video. Tags are useful for the word engine, as every visitor can find your video using the research function on the main page.
Only separate your words with space and try to prioritize nouns over adjectives. For example, if your video deals with the Amazonian deforestation, your keywords can be : Forest Amazon Deforestation Environment Tree (on Alternative Channel™, tags are space-seperated)
Original version: Choose the original version of your video. If it is a silent or without dialogues video, choose "without words".
Dubbed: if the entire of some part of your video are dubbed, choose the language of the dubbing.
Sub-title: if subtitles are added to your video, please indicate the language.
Category: Choose between all the different categories displayed the one corresponding to the subject you are talking about in your video or eyewitness report. Those categories enable the editorial team to classify videos on the website; they do not refer to the contest categories.
Region: Choose your region. For example, you are European and your video deals with a subject in Asia. Choose your original region: "Europe".
Step 3: Submit your videoback to top
Your video will be automatically uploaded. Your video approved by Alternative Channel will be released within two working days, and you will be able to send it to your friends, contacts, promote yourself and collect votes from the public!
How are videos selected by the editorial team?back to top
The selection process is simple and based upon the Code of Ethics established by Alternative Channel™. (See page "How does Channel work?")
Once your video is received by our Editorial Team, it is scrupulously viewed by the Editorial Team and compared to the principles and objectives of Alternative Channel™. Your video must respect all our criteria and be integrated into an alternative approach.
The information must be useful, the subject and the way chosen to handle it have to prove its novelty and originality.
Who owns the rights to the videos on Alternative Channel™?back to top
When a video is posted on Alternative Channel™, the Contributor will always be recognized as the owner of such video. By submitting his/her video, he/she accepts to cede the exploitation rights of his video to the Alternative Channel™ as long as the video is posted on the Alternative Channel™.
Web castingback to top
Alternative Channel™ aims at offering to Internet users an alternative and complementary voice different from the conventional Medias. To fulfil its mission, Alternative Channel™ uses new technologies over the Internet, streaming and VOD.
What is Alternative?back to top
For us, an alternative video is a story or an Eyewitness report that offers an original perspective on an event, news, distancing itself from established news sources and allowing for a better and more complete understanding of the matter at hand. Often unconventional and non-conformist, it is a true alternative to the stereotypes currently found in today's traditional media.
What are the rules for using Alternative Channel™?back to top
Will Alternative Channel™ always be free?back to top
Yes, there will always be a free version of Alternative Channel™. This is a choice we have made in line with our mission: which is to provide our viewers around the world alternative and complementary voices that cut through the main stream dogma lead by corporate media, on all existing platforms.
I'd like to use a video I found on Alternative Channel. How do I proceed?back to top
You simply contact us by email with the details of your needs. We will evaluate the opportunity and promptly contact you.
What are the contents chosen by Alternative Channel™?back to top
Alternative Channel™ covers global issues and is especially focused on global warming, sustainable development, ecology, humanitarian causes, social and environmental-oriented initiatives, war and peace, international justice affairs, race and class, politics and environment, global economy, civil rights, labour issues and social policy. We will broadcast any video and collaborate with any contributor fulfilling our mandate.
How is the content controlled?back to top
Members and contributors of Alternative Channel™ are unique, exigent, and truly involved. As a consequence, they deeply participate to the selection of lead stories, subjects in need of debates or more precisions. Based upon an easy to use feedback system, each Internet users is invited to give his/her opinion about videos on-line. Moreover, a statistical tool counts the number of videos viewed, this mechanism of interactivity between Alternative Channel™ and our Internet users indicates to the Editorial Team the impact of each videos.
What is an Alternative Content?back to top
A story or an Eyewitness report is non-conventional; it doesn't need subsequent means of production and financing. It offers an original perspective on an event, news, distancing itself from established news sources and allowing for a better and more complete understanding of the matter at hand. Often unconventional and non-conformist, it is a true alternative to the stereotypes currently found in today's traditional media.
Is there a limit to the number of videos I can upload?back to top
No, there isn't. You can freely upload as many videos as you want, there is no limit! It is up to you to reach the audience you are searching for and get the maximum amount of votes!
My file is too large to be uploaded, how can I do?back to top
We recommend no more than 100Mo per file, and formats such as Audio MP3, 320x240 resolution, 30 images per second and format MPEG-4 (Divx, XVID, H.264). If you cannot have the recommended size and format file, do not hesitate to contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or directly send your videos on a DVD by air mail:
Our adress in Canada :
Alternative Channel TV Inc.
5685, Fullum, suite 103
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2G 2H6
Who can rate a video?back to top
Each citizen has the right to express his/her ideas and the right to vote! As a consequence each visitor can rate any videos and also write a comment and give his/her opinion and maybe create a real democratic debate about your work.
Why would a member rate?back to top
Each member can make his/her voice to be heard, but every communication needs also listening. We are encouraging each of you to view and listen to the message of each Contributor. Please let yourself giving feedback by rating the video and writing comments. It aims at offering a real diversity and alternative to the traditional Medias and building an active and lively community!
Alternative Channel™ website
Map of the websiteback to top
How does A-Channel work?
Frequently asked question
Advices for visitors & contributors
2008 Alternative Channel Forum
Alternative Channel Press
Alternative Channel in the Media
Our partners' press release
Channelback to top
Discover what are Alternative Channel™ and its entire audiovisual content. You have a direct access to videos from the main page which also presents the current top videos and a list of the latest videos underlined by the Editorial Team.
To find a video, choose the category you are interested in or use the function "research" by entering keywords. You have a free and direct access to a large choice of video regarding your request.
Profileback to top
If you are registered as a Member, it is your private space. You have access to your profile where you can edit your information. Click on "edit my profile" situated under your Member name. On this page you have an access to all the videos you have uploaded on the website as a Contributor. You can also use the feature "publish my press release" and directly post your lastest news to a wide and targeted audience.
The portfolio gathers videos from the website that you have viewed and you wish to add to you member account. To add a video to your portfolio, you just need to select a video and click on "add to my portfolio".
Contributeback to top
Each time you want to send a video to Alternative Channel™ , you just need to click on « Contribute ». If you are already registered, simply go at the end of the identification form in the "already registered" section and enter you username and password to log in, otherwise if you are not a member you need to complete the entire form and create an account.You will be then directed to the video upload form. For more information please see: "How to submit my videos?"
Eventback to top
Alternative Channel™ organises its 2008 Forum on social networks and responsible media in Barcelona, find out more about this international event on this webpage.
Partnersback to top
Alternative Channel™ offers its partnership to NGOs, NPOs, independent medias, companies involved in a sustainable development or humanitarian initiatives and it is free! Find out more about how to be a partner and feel free to fill in the on-line form.
Blogback to top
Alternative Channel™ proposes a new point of view about current and non-conventional news. Get a new way of information through the three Alternative Channel™ blogs, in English, French and Spanish. You can participate and create your own blog too or leave comments about articles.
Mediaback to top
Alternative Channel™ is growing fast and welcomes more and more members and partners everyday. Find out who we are and our latest news on the "Alternative Channel Press" page. Have a look at the "Alternative Channel in the Media" to see what others think about us! And finally, check out our partners' latest breaking news by reading their press releases on " Our partners' press releases" webpage.
Languagesback to top
Alternative Channel is available in three languages. Visit the website under you own language but feel free to explore the alternative news whether they are from English, French or Spanish speaking countries.
How to find a video?back to top
You are looking for a video in particular? Alternative Channel™ has a whole variety of subjects: Politics, Crime/Law, Money/finance, Health, Religion, Culture/entertainment, Sports etc. We recently added a particular category dedicated to the environment issues where you can view videos about initiatives lead by non-profit organization and NGOs.
The research function works by keywords. For example, if you are looking for a video about the Amazonian Forest, you have all the chances to get what you need by entering a keyword such as Amazon, Forest, Environment, etc.
You have also the access to a more detailed research function. It can be useful to precise your research by geographical area, languages or categories.
What are the functions of the video navigation?back to top
Rate it: Give a rate to the video you've just watched, do you like it a little, a lot? You love it? Tell us what you're thinking about it, your rate will enable the Editorial Team to know the most popular videos.
Send to a friend: use a lot this function to share the Channel videos with your friends and contacts, you can also use it to send your own videos and ask your contacts to vote for you! Promote yourself!
Flag as inappropriate: If you think that the video your are viewing violates Copyrights or its content does not respect the Code of Ethics and Chart of Quality established by Alternative Channel™ , you can raise our awareness about it by using the function "flag as inappropriate". All videos confirmed as inappropriate will be automatically erased from the website. Moreover, if we notice that a Contributor has repeatedly posted unlicensed or unethical content, his /her Member account will be automatically erased.
Do we get paid for our contributions on Alternative Channel™?back to top
At the moment, Alternative Channel™ only pays authors whose videos include advertisements before or after their main content. It also depends on the number of videos viewed by the users of www.alternativechannel.tv
The rule is the following:
- The first 2000 videos viewed covers the technical expenses, so there is no payment.
- From 2001 to 50 000 videos viewed, the payment is rated to 5 € per 1000 viewed.
- Above 50 000 videos, it is 3 € per 1000 viewed.
The current version of www.alternativechannel.tv does not offer any payment for authors who does not have advertisements in their video content.