Q & A with Free Media Productions Editor Berianidze
Q: So what is Free Media Productions?
A: Well it’s simple, really. It started out as an extension of some previous projects some collaborators and myself had worked on in the past. Basically, most of us fall well beyond the mainstream political paradigm of liberal and conservative. And with this in mind, we’re well aware of how ours, and many others’, viewpoints are neglected or simply ignored in the mainstream media. Free Media Productions is an online multi-media project aimed at disseminating information, analysis, and opinions outside the mainstream.
Q: Who else is behind Free Media Productions?
A: Nobody actually. We’re completely independent. We fund all our own projects so our content is not restricted by any particular interest other than our own. We do have editorial agendas that are typically anti-imperialist, anti-liberal and anti-capitalist. Most of my perspectives and content reflect my thoughts on events.
Q: So what is your perspective or angle when producing content?
A: I’m a veteran Marxist-Leninist, which undoubtedly comes through in my work. I try to assess events from a viewpoint consistent with Marxist-Leninist interpretation of events – namely, historical and dialectical materialism. But I’m far from subtle about it. I don’t claim to be unbiased – but rather, try to present facts and information from a different bias than what you’ll see in the mainstream media.
Q: How has the project been received? Would you call it a “success?”
A: It’s been received very well, so yes, in and of itself, I would consider what we’ve accomplished so far a “success.” Several of our news stories have been picked up on various alternative news-wires, or linked in political and media blogs. It’s always hard to get your name publicized and gain a loyal audience when you’re literally competing with millions of other sites – many similar to yours – on the internet. But we do our best with what few resources we have available.
Q: What is your favorite aspect about Free Media Productions?
A: Probably the fact that we are a multi-media website that is really about disseminating messages. We don’t necessarily have a direct “call to action,” and we’re certainly not trying to sell anything. I would say what really makes us unique is our combination of simply disseminating key messages for the sake of letting the public know that alternatives to the status quo are out there, and utilizing modern technology in the process.
Q: What roles do you play as editor at Free Media Productions?
A: Most of my work has been focused on producing media content and outreach. For content production I manage the newsroom (writing news stories, researching current events), writing scripts for AuzioZone segments (like the Dog Tag Reports), and producing a few videos. In terms of outreach, my role is distributing our content to various online publications, reaching out to sympathetic or friendly sites/organizations that would be interested in cooperative partnerships, utilizing social-media networks to help market what FMP actually does and provides.
Q: The FMP video room used to be hosted on YouTube – but your channel has been disabled. What happened?
A: Knowing that YouTube takes an interest in advertising and profits – it didn’t take long for some of their moderators and administrators to remove some of our videos due to the content. We actually verified with all of the listed terms of service agreements that are posted on the YouTube website, and saw that our videos were NOT in violation of those terms. It boils down to people simply disagreeing with what we had to say.
Q: Are you planning to revive the Video Room?
A: Absolutely. We have an account with Daily Motion – which has better stipulations for video uploads anyways. The problem is that it simply doesn’t get the same traffic – so we’re not hitting the same size audience. So for the meantime we’re using DM to host our videos, and we’re embedding them directly to our Editorials page. We’re currently in the process of finding a new permanent location for the Video Room, though.
Q: What other projects will FMP be working on in the future?
A: One thing that hasn’t been released yet, but is currently in production, will be a series of VNRs, or video-news releases, that FMP will be producing. Many of the large, bourgeois media outlets utilize video-sharing capabilities to deliver the news. The staff at FMP thought this could be a great tool to spread our message in an interesting way. The VNRs will be just like broadcast news segments, with footage and commentary on current international and domestic news items.