Gary Webb at the 2003 School of Authentic Journalism

Gary Webb (1955-2004), the investigative journalist who reported cocaine trafficking by the CIA in 1996, is portrayed in the motion picture, Kill the Messenger, by Jeremy Renner. He was a founding professor of the School of Authentic Journalism and an editor at Narco News ( This video was made by students and professors of the video workgroup at the 2003 School of Authentic Journalism in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, chaired by professor Stephen Marshall of the Guerrilla News Network. At Gary's request, Narco News has published the Dark Alliance series: More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
09/06/2014 10:15 pm
Joe T. Hodo of Frack U. on Mexican National Television

Joe T. Hodo of Frack U. was invited to appear live on one of Mexico's most prominent news channels to talk about the benefits of fracking for all Mexicans. More >>

by Narco News TV
05/29/2014 5:02 pm
Frack U. Mexico

Good news! Mexico has the fourth largest shale gas reserves in the world, and the Mexican Congress is about to change the constitution so that private companies can drill for it. That means that U.S. companies will soon be there, fracking for gas. Sure, there may be some complications from the more than 500 chemicals that will be pumped into Mexico's aquifers, but never fear: Joe T. Hodo, President of "Frack U. Mexico!" is here to show you why Mexicans should stop worrying and learn to love fracking…or else. More >>

by Narco News TV
12/10/2013 11:19 pm
Alice in Migraland

The story of how undocumented students organized creatively and strategically and got the Federal Government to grant them legal status. Created by scholars of the School of Authentic Journalism, based on a news report for Narco News by Paulina Gonzalez. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
10/13/2013 11:55 pm
How The Water Was Won

In the year 2000, Oscar Olivera was the spokesperson for a successful people's movement to prevent the privatization of water in Cochabamba, Bolivia. At the 2013 School of Authentic Journalism, he and other school participants produced this video to show how everyday objects and symbols were transformed into powerful tools for communication during the successful movement. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
08/19/2013 9:02 am
Now! (¡Ahora!)

Across the United States, young organizers are using strategic nonviolence to challenge unfair immigration laws and prevent the separation of immigrant families by deportation. Meanwhile, congress is debating Immigration Reform. In 1965, filmmaker Santiago Álvarez created the film "Now!" using images of the American Civil Rights' Movement set against the urgent voice of singer Lena Horne. In support of today's courageous young organizers, Narco News TV has created an updated version of this classic. Today, as then, the time is: Now! More >>

by Narco News TV
07/25/2013 12:59 pm
Two Struggles, One Story

In 1985, Mkhuseli "Khusta" Jack organized a consumer boycott in the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, which helped end racial apartheid. In 2000, Oscar Olivera was the spokesperson for a popular resistance that stopped the privatization of water in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 2013, they met face to face and shared their stories of strategic organizing with the scholars and professors of the School of Authentic Journalism. Two lands, two histories. One story of strategic organizing. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
05/15/2013 6:00 pm
Foreigner Watch

Welcome to Foreigner Watch - hard-hitting, investigative journalism that finds and profiles un-American activities around the world. Join us as we profile the deeply troubling movements against the Drug War currently recruiting extremist Mexicans. But don't worry, they can't fool Nancy Gunn. More >>

by NNTV and The School of Authentic Journalism
10/09/2012 8:41 pm
Authentic Journalism Scholarship Application: Fill It Out!

Are you applying - or thinking about it - to the 2013 School of Authentic Journalism? Here are some graduates who won the scholarship in previous years, with good advice on how to complete a successful application! More >>

09/27/2012 4:49 pm
Mexican Elections 2012: When Bribery Doesn't Pay

Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto denies that his PRI party bought votes in the July 1, 2012. But on Election Night, hundreds of people gathered outside of the PRI offices to testify that they were promised up to 2,500 pesos for their voter I.D.s and votes but that the PRI took their credentials and did not pay. Here, they tell their story. More >>

by Narco News TV with Augusto Mora
07/04/2012 7:00 pm
Taking Solidarity Global: Making "This Is Maria" Go Viral

Six weeks after graduating the 2012 School of Authentic Journalism, Heather McCuen took the lessons and skills she learned to the 140 Conference in Montreal. There, she made our curriculum "go viral" by teaching the assembled how to promote online videos, using the NNTV "This Is Maria" video as the example. More >>

by Heather McCuen
06/06/2012 1:57 pm
For an Authentic Democracy! I am 132

“Your country and mine is suffering, we live submerged in a deep crisis… We will not accept this situation any more... As a movement we demand that all the presidential candidates commit to the end of the television duopoly that prevents access to information… More >>

by Mexican Students of
06/05/2012 8:30 pm
Kids Have Had It Up to Here

Controversy! Polemic! Just the kind of thing NNTV likes to share with you! This video by the mysterious group "Los Vengadores MX" (the Mexican Avengers) appeared this weekend and had 10,000+ views in its first day. People are debating if kids should have opinions on things like the drug war and stupid TV ads! We'd like to ask the same about "adults." More >>

by Los Vengadores MX
05/29/2012 12:23 pm
This Is Maria. She Will End the War on Drugs.

Maria is a composite character based on many Mexican victims of the drug war - their words and actions - who together are organizing to end the war, including Javier Sicilia, Maria Herrera and Julian LeBaron. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
04/30/2012 12:13 pm
Happy Birthday to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity

On March 28, 2012, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity celebrated its first anniversary. In this video birthday card produced by scholars of the 2012 School of Authentic Journalism, voices from throughout the world wish the movement good luck in its continued struggle to end the War on Drugs. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
04/05/2012 12:36 am
Mexican Peace Movement Calls on US to Legalize Drugs

On March 28, 2012 the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity celebrated its first year of nonviolent action to end the drug war. There, poet Javier Sicilia called on the citizens of the United States to pressure their government to legalize drugs. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
04/03/2012 6:35 pm

Meet four fabulous agents from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and the women who chase them. They lost their children, husbands, siblings and parents because of the U.S. "War on Drugs" in Mexico. More >>

12/08/2011 12:03 pm
Hungry For Justice

A gringo who tags along with social movements in Mexico so he can eat free food and be at the barricades reports on a historic encounter between Mexico's emerging movement against the Drug War and the survivors of the 1997 Acteal massacre. More >>

12/05/2011 12:15 pm
Javier Sicilia's Call to Journalists

After the tragic murder of his son, Mexican poet and journalist Javier Sicilia transformed his grief into a national rallying cry against the War on Drugs. In May of 2010, Sicilia addressed students and faculty of the School of Authentic Journalism at its graduation dinner, where he received the first diploma of the evening. More >>

by School of Authentic Journalism
11/30/2011 1:25 pm
Ivan Marovic: Retired Revolutionary

In the year 2000, young Serbian revolutionary Ivan Marovic participated in a nonviolent rebellion that toppled dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Recently, at an undisclosed tropical location, Marovic took time off from his "busy schedule" to give us some practical advice on how to get rid of a tyrant in three easy steps. Enjoy! More >>

by School of Authentic Journalism
11/07/2011 8:47 am
The Other Revolution in Egypt: An Interview With Mohammed Abbas of the Muslim Brotherhood

In March 2011 we spoke with young Muslim Brotherhood organizer Mohammed Abbas about what it was like to participate in the Egyption Revolution. What he says will surprise you. More >>

by Narco News TV
11/03/2011 8:18 pm
Barrel of Laughs

Serbian resistance organizer Ivan Marovic explains how a "dilemma action" is created, using humor, to put a regime in the position where "it has no good options" for response. This video was created by students and professors at the 2011 Narco News School of Authentic Journalism, and features original artwork by Tanzanian political cartoonist Nathan Mpangala, SAJ class of 2011. More >>

by School of Authentic Journalism, art by Nathan Mpangala
06/17/2011 11:01 am
Egypt: How We Did It When the Media Would Not

On February 11, 2011 Egyptians toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. Blogger and viral video producer Aalam Wassef was one of the many people who worked for years to make it happen. This is first in a series on the daily life of Egypt's revolution. It's a manual on how a civil resistance was built to win. More >>

by Narco News TV
05/24/2011 2:10 pm
Video Communiqué to the People of Morelos, of Mexico & the World

Javier Sicilia calls upon the peoples of Morelos, of Mexico, and of the world, to hang plaques with the names of those who have died because of the "war on drugs" in every town and city square. And he invites everyone to participate in the national and international marches May 5 to 8 with the banner of: "STOP THE WAR! For a just Mexico, in peace." More >>

by Javier Sicilia
05/01/2011 12:24 am

Trailer for the documentary on paramilitary terror in Colombia, the role of the government in creating and protecting it, and the struggle of the citizenry for justice. Hard-hitting investigative journalism from our colleagues at Morris Productions. More >>

by Juan José Lozano & Hollman Morris
04/24/2011 9:30 pm
Javier Sicilia Wakes Up Mexico

“To the Armed Forces of Mexico…” With these words authentic journalist and poet Javier Sicilia reestablished the long lost social order in Mexico. He told the Army, on April 6, to go back to its barracks and do its job of defending the country from foreign invaders and natural disasters. But that We The People will solve the drug war: by ending it. More >>

04/12/2011 12:42 am
How to Walk Like an Egyptian: Tahrir, April 8

Al Giordano: On January 28 the Army and its tanks were welcomed into Tahrir Square by the people. Now they have made themselves non grata. Very moving to see how when citizens surrounded a lone soldier they contained him without trying to hurt him physically, even when they had the upper hand. Take notes, "First World" anti-globalization protesters: Nobody is throwing rocks or molotovs, none have gas masks or bullet proof vests. But in 8 minutes these unarmed Egyptians nonviolently trick and defeat the Army militarily. This is your "anti riot porn manual" to get you off your boring same-old tactics and learn how to defeat dictatorship, Egyptian-style! More >>

by Allrighter, YouTube
04/10/2011 11:09 pm
"I Am Bahraini"

Working with Bahraini journalist Nada Alwadi (graduate of Narco News' March 2011 workshop on Citizen Journalism & Civil Resistance in Madrid), 2011 School of Authentic Journalism scholar Hanna Nikkanen put English subtitles on this video for the song "I Am Bahraini." The song and video are a response and correction to international media claims that the Bahraini resistance is a religious dispute. But our sources in the country insist it is not that at all, but, rather, a struggle for democracy and human rights for all. Enjoy this song and video and learn more about the struggle in Bahrain... More >>

by JuFair Online, translation by Hanna Nikkanen
04/02/2011 6:54 pm
Where Next for #Revolution?

Al Giordano: This is one of the very best viral videos I've ever seen, from our Australian friends at Rap News. At the start of the vid they offer you an opportunity to click the "final version," but I advise you not to do that (just close the red banner instead) or you will miss one of its best features: a "rock video" in solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the United States. Money quotes: “We are witnessing the rise of the American citizen… In some sense we are all Americans tonight.” More >>

by Rap News
04/01/2011 10:14 am
Organizing the Journalists

Journalist Al Giordano opens the 2010 session of The School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico, explaining that his life's work is organizing journalists and communicators to be more authentic and in doing so replace what he calls the "false journalism" offered by commercial media. More >>

by Greg Berger, School of Authentic Journalism
12/13/2010 5:41 am
"I Break Into a Cold Sweat When I See a Salad Bar"

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert spent a day picking crops at the invitation of the United Farmworkers Union, and testified before a US Congressional Committee on September 24 pleading that he never wanted to do it again. An excellent combination of parody and straight talk from the host of the Colbert Report. More >>

by Stephen Colbert, C-Span 3
09/24/2010 4:56 pm
Spring Breakers Without Borders

Just when it seemed that nobody could possibly defend the US-imposed "war on drugs" in Mexico, along comes a new NGO, Spring Breakers Without Borders, to tell us why they "frickin' love the war on drugs, dude!" This video is a joint project of Gringoyo Productions and Narco News TV. More >>

by Gregory Berger, Gringoyo Productions & NNTV
09/22/2010 5:06 pm
US Senate Defers the Dream

Young undocumented Americans are utilizing nonviolent civil disobedience in their campaign to push The Dream Act which would allow youths who came to the US before they were 16 to attend college, serve in the military and find a path for US citizenship. Risking not just arrest, but deportation, these heroes are demonstrating how current US anti-immigrant policies don't work. A vid by our friends Malak Behrouznami and Jesse Freeston of the Real News (with an appearance by Narco News reporter Erin Rosa.) More >>

by Malak Behrouznami and Jesse Freeston, The Real News
09/22/2010 10:22 am
Mexico's Monument to the Decapitated?

WTF was that bicentennial statue named El Coloso (“the Colossus”) anyway? Chapo Gúzman? Saddam Hussein? Gulliver? But not a single newspaper or media reported what the whole nation saw on the TeeVee during Wednesday night’s Mexican bicentennial ceremonies; that during the seven-ton monument’s erection above 40,000 people gathered on the national Zócalo, the gigantic statue’s neck broke! (At 4:33 into the video, see it for yourself). And this was seen on the government’s “cadena nacional” which forced all TV networks to broadcast these same camera angles live. More >>

by Mexican National Television
09/18/2010 5:30 pm
"We found that there are elements of the DEA… who believe this to be true."

Part II of The Real News interview with journalist Bruce Livesey, who offers this theory based on his investigations: "The Sinaloans are winning… with the assistance of the Mexican Army… There is evidence that they were clearly helping the assassins of the Sinaloan cartel… We found that there are elements of the DEA… and the American government who believe this to be true." More >>

by Jesse Freeston, The Real News
09/18/2010 4:51 pm
"The Army Has Taken Sides Between the Drug Cartels"

Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey, interviewed on The Real News by Jesse Freeston (Narco News School of Authentic Journalism professor, class of 2010) explains how NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – planted the seeds of today’s drug war-related violence in Mexico. (Part I of 2). More >>

by Jesse Freeston, The Real News
09/18/2010 4:23 pm
The Neighbors Who Blocked the Superhighway

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard ordered a superhighway to be built between two upper class sections of the city, which would go right through the neighborhood of La Malinche. When construction crews arrived and took sledgehammers to the residents' homes, the people gathered and chased them out. The blockade has been successful since July 26. A story of community organizing and civil resistance, and through NNTV, you are there. More >>

by Sebastian Kolendo, NNTV
09/11/2010 7:37 pm
Al Gore's Mexican Adventure

What is a thuggish governor with presidential aspirations to do when his PRI party is no longer in the presidency and has no clear leader to decide who the party nominee will be in 2012? For Governor Enrique Peña Nieto, the solution was easy: Get Washington to anoint him! Al Gore arrived in August with a wink and a nod - never mind that the Guv is the butcher of Atenco! - to do just that. NNTV was there to chronicle this circus. More >>

by Sebastian Kolendo, NNTV
09/11/2010 7:26 pm
F****ed Mexico 2010

He's baaaaaack! Field Smith makes a surprise appearance in a TV ad parody of the official Mexico bicentennial PR campaign and thanks the Mexican government for all the good it does... for gringo businessmen like him. Since this spot hit the Internet in July, more than 110,000 viewers have seen it in Spanish. In this week of Mexico's bicentennial, we make it available to English speakers with subtitles. ¡Tequila para todos! More >>

by Los Detonadores
09/11/2010 7:17 pm
How to Write a News Story

Want to tell a story in a way that readers can understand it and hooks them in to your message? By night, George Sanchez, Erin Rosa and Anne Vigna are superheroes, but like Peter Parker and Clark Kent their day jobs are in news. Here, they lead a workshop on how to write a news story at the 2010 School of Authentic Journalism. More >>

by Gregory Berger and Al Giordano, School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 6:33 pm
Love In Times of Influenza

Hey, remember the swine flu scare in Spring 2009 and how the media said it was going to bring an even bigger plague last autumn and winter? What? That didn't happen? Well, while the rest of us were donning surgical masks and glued to the TV, the enterprising Field Smith of Smithfield Foods combed Mexico City with his piglet in search of the pig's mother. The results were hog-larious! More >>

by Gregory Berger
09/11/2010 5:46 pm
Journalism and Civil Resistance: Rev. Jim Lawson in Mexico

Organizer of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, strategist for Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rev. Jim Lawson came to Mexico in February 2010 to the School of Authentic Journalism, where he delivered the keynote remarks and shared his history-making experiences with 70 students and professors. And now, you are there. More >>

by Gregory Berger and Al Giordano, School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 4:40 pm
Wikipedia for Beginners

Ever wish your movement or story had its own Wikipedia page? Ever thought an existing entry at the web encyclopedia with five million readers per day could be improved or corrected to set the record straight? Wikipedia editor Sebastian Kolendo at the 2010 School of Authentic Journalism lays out the simple steps for how you, too, can get behind the controls and define instead of being defined. More >>

by Sebastian Kolendo, School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 4:00 pm
Media from Below: Philadelphia's Media Mobilizing Project

Community organizers, neighborhood associations, civil rights and youth groups, unions and other social movements in Philadelphia band together to create their own media in a project that we at Narco News see as a national and international model to be replicated. Milena Velis explains how the Media Mobilizing Project does the job at the 2010 School of Authentic Journalism. More >>

by The School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 3:52 pm
Share Creativity: How to License a Work with Creative Commons

A video manual on how to utilize CopyLeft and other Creative Commons licenses to both protect and share original works (an alternative to Copyrights). This vid is worth it for Nina Paley's "Copying Is Not Theft" song and animation alone! More >>

by Marine Lormant and Ter Garcia, School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 3:41 pm
Torture in Egypt

The blog documents cases of police torture of civilians, names the offending officers and publishes their photos when available. Noha Atef collaborated with Jesse Freeston and Milena Velis at the 2010 School of Authentic Journalism to produce this hard-hitting video on the subject. More than 15,000 viewers have seen it on YouTube, and another 30,000 on Egyptian websites. More >>

by Noha Atef, School of Authentic Journalism
09/11/2010 3:01 pm
Translations with Father Charlie, a Video by Katie Halper

School of Authentic Journalism professor Charlie Hardy, a former Catholic priest who lives and reports from Venezuela, takes a hilarious look at the language difficulties of some US media when reporting on Latin America. Follow along with Padre Charlie to improve your vocabulary and know the true meaning of words like "pendejo" and "coger" and their geopolitical and biblical significance. More >>

by Katie Halper, School of Authentic Journalism
09/10/2010 11:24 am