<i>"The Name of Our Country is América" - Simon Bolivar</i> The Narco News Bulletin<br><small>Reporting on the War on Drugs and Democracy from Latin America
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Join the Narco News Rent Party from Wherever You Are!

After Seven Years, We Have to Move the Newsroom, and We Need Your Help

December 3, 2014

Dear Friends,

I’m going to tell you some things you didn’t know about the headquarters of Narco News, which can’t be located through any phone book, and whose address for almost 15 years has been, only, “somewhere in a country called América.”

The first thing you need to know is that after seven years in the same locale – half the lifetime of Narco News! – it has to move this month. If you’ve ever moved you already know how expensive and time-consuming that can be. Our publisher Al Giordano is quite expert at keeping costs to a minimum and has found the new location. He and the team have been fixing up the new location – plumbing, electric work, painting, carpentry – I get tired just looking at how hard they are working – and the move is scheduled in the next two weeks. We’ve also been packing and preparing the work equipment and archives for the move.

Since the project has to pay two months rent in December (that of the old place, that of the new), plus the deposit on the new place, making for three months rent to be paid all at once, and there is already a month-long “rent party” going on among all of us colleagues who are pitching in with our hands, I suggested that we invite, you, the readers and friends of the project, to also participate in this rent party with your donation. I’ll tell you more in a minute but if you’re already convinced here is how you can help.

Please donate online, today, via this link:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org

Or send a check to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
PO Box 1446
Easthampton, MA 01060 USA

Now I’ll get to the good stuff.

The newsroom is essential to all the work that my colleagues and I do. You can probably already imagine that so many of the great works of journalism, as well as Narco News TV videos, that you’ve read and seen over the years have been written, reported, scripted and edited from this headquarters, at whatever hour of day or night it needed to be done. But there is another vital role the newsroom has always played. It’s been the gateway between the north and south of this hemisphere called América, the stopping off point for hundreds of journalists, and professors and scholars of the School for Authentic Journalism. The place where there has always been “room at the inn” for members of our team from all over the world. (I myself have stayed there dozens of times, and hey! That’s saved me from endless hotel bills while doing this work.)

Classes of the School have been held there: dinners and parties before and after each session of the school, too. At least three weekly salons have enjoyed extensive runs there, study groups, movies and discussions, training sessions, and I have had the pleasure and honor to experience many of them: it’s one of the most vital and important gathering points for the authentic journalism renaissance and all the work that we do. It’s a place where creativity reigns, where brainstorming with a white board is a regular occurrence, and where lifelong friendships and alliances have been forged. Many of the best videos we have produced at Narco News TV were the result of the mix of political discussion and joking around that we do in the newsroom. And yes, it also makes possible all the news you get from Narco News that you weren’t able to get anywhere else.

You probably already know how hard it is to move, how all-consuming and displacing and distracting from work and other priorities it can be, and also how little tiny unforeseen expenses can suddenly go up in price – a single one wouldn’t break us in a normal week, but when they add up the entire life of a project can be stressed by it.

That’s why I’m asking you to join us in this rent party. Let’s make sure that the rents are paid and that the new newsroom has all the working equipment it needs to hit the ground running in January for what will be the fifteenth year of Narco News!

If you’d like to pay an entire months rent – you know we live and work close to the land – a $500 donation would cover that. If you’d like to treat the project to a month of the Internet bandwidth it needs, that costs $100. If ten people give $50, that covers the security deposit on the new HQ. If 25 give $20, we get out the door of the outgoing newsroom without incurring additional costs. If fifty of us give ten dollars, then January’s rent can be paid, too. Every donation, large or small, adds up to keep this project rolling.

And of course, if you’re one of the friends and colleagues who has enjoyed the hospitality of the newsroom, please come by and grab a paintbrush, or a box to move, or consider making a donation in appreciation for the bed you were once able to stay in, or the meal you once were served there, while you were doing this important work. We’ll be there too, and we’ll be glad to see you.

So please make a donation – right now! – via this link:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org

Or send a check to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
PO Box 1446
Easthampton, MA 01060 USA

There’s a rent party going on! We hope you’ll accept the invitation.

From somewhere in a country called América,

Greg Berger
Director, Narco News TV

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