|English | Español||October 22, 2017 | Issue #45|
Help Wanted: Distribution Coordinator for Narco News Books
Nancy Davies’ “The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly,” a new DVD, and “Cowboy in Caracas” by Charlie Hardy Roll Off the Presses this Spring
By Al Giordano
The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly” by Nancy Davie
Beginning on March 27, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, your colleagues and I will be on a whirlwind tour through the Northeastern United States calling attention to Davies’ important work and all the stories we report from throughout América. We’ll be rolling through Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and perhaps Quebec and Pennsylvania. Narco News Books will be at the April 14 Anarchist Book Fair in New York City (and we’ll be celebrating our newspaper’s seventh anniversary in the Big Apple on April 18 – mark your calendar).
The public response to the news that this international newspaper will publish the book has been enormous. That’s good news for the popular struggles we report, and good news for this newspaper: Davies is donating her proceeds to The Fund for Authentic Journalism. The editors, introduction writers, the cover artist, and everyone else who has worked long hours to get this book ready for press have done the same. Originally I had planned on stuffing the envelopes and licking the stamps myself to send the book out to those who pre-ordered it. And if you or somebody doesn’t sign up for this job, I’ll be doing just that from the places where I’ll be on tour this spring.
A major international publishing house did agree to distribute the book – but wants a 60 percent of the proceeds. Others have offered to distribute it for as low as four of the seventeen dollars the book will cost. I’d rather lick the stamps myself, and see those funds go to keep Narco News publishing (and open the door to our publishing of more books culled from Narco News reporting).
But the thought occurred to us here in the newsroom that maybe, just maybe, there is a colleague or reader out there that will volunteer to open a new flank in the breaking of the information blockades. And so this is a “Help Wanted” ad.
Narco News Books seeks a responsible and dedicated friend of the project to coordinate the distribution of “The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly” from somewhere in the United States, preferably, but not limited to, the Northeast.
The job description is as follows:
Pay: Little to none. The Fund for Authentic Journalism and Narco News will pay all the costs of materials and shipping and provide a very modest monthly stipend to the distribution coordinator.
Applicants for this position should send an email to Newsroom Coordinator Chris Fee at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing their interest, telling us about themselves, and listing at least three personal or professional references with email addresses. We are particularly interested in applicants that are already colleagues or friends of this project, or that come recommended by them. The most convenient geographical location for us would be a coordinator in the Northeastern United States, but applicants from other regions will also be considered.
We would like to fill this position rapidly, so please don’t dawdle in expressing your interest.
Wait, there’s more…
Simultaneous to the release of “The People Decide: Oaxaca’s Popular Assembly” by Nancy Davies, a new DVD will also be made available: “2006: The Other Oaxaca.” It will feature six video newsreels – three in English, three in Spanish – about Oaxaca’s popular struggles by The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign.
“Cowboy In Caracas: A Personal Account of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution” by Charles Hardy
And we will announce another project – really, a bombshell – in the coming days that is likely to soon create other potential gifts and merchandise to support the Authentic Journalism renaissance.
In sum, Narco News, almost seven years old on the Internet, is about to enter the physical world outside the Internet as never before. One sign of that can be seen in the phenomenal lightning-fast growth of the Narco News network on Myspace.com, an effort begun just four months ago by readers that has drawn more than 800 participants not just to be in closer contact with Narco News, but also with each other. The high demand at colleges and universities for Narco News lectures and workshops is another indication of our coming of age into a more direct and immediate coordination with our readers.
Thus, the right person(s) at this, the right time, may find him and/or her self at the helm of a rather important and busy new publishing house of books and other items, and will be a very key and appreciated operative on this team.
The job of distribution coordinator might be ideal for you. And you might be the right next member of this team. Let us know right away by sending an email to Chris Fee at email@example.com. And I look forward to our envelope stuffing party very soon.
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism