The Narco News Bulletin
January 20, 2018 | Issue #67
narconews.com - Reporting on the Drug War and Democracy from Latin America
When I was about seven, I was all about becoming an independent war reporter. I'd type up reports about imagined battles in China on my mother's old travel typewriter, and my brother would draw highly anachronistic warships on them. In my dreams I'd grow up to become a professional adventurer, donning a helmet and a Kevlar vest to rush to the crossfire in the crisis zone du jour.
In March I finally found myself talking about that "something else" with a bunch of people I had never met before. I was in Madrid, Spain where the Narco News crew had teamed up with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict to teach journalists and activists about citizen journalism and civil resistance. I was finally surrounded with people whose journalistic dreams felt similar to mine - people from Bahrain, Egypt, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and more than a dozen other places.
We talked about why helmets and Kevlar are usually not a good idea for a journalist and how it's not very productive to rush from one conflict to the next on an adrenaline high, how the best stories aren't found at riots nor at press conferences, how to challenge authority, engage our audience, and get our stories to go viral. We talked about what each one of us considered important in our work, the things we wanted to influence, the ways in which we could become more useful for the struggles we believe in.
Soon I'll be learning even bigger things at the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico. Of course I'm excited, and I'm sure the seven-year-old me would be, too, even if there are no helmets or explosions involved.
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But I'm not asking you to donate money to Narco News just because my seven-year-old self would love that. I'm asking you to donate money to Narco News because with their help I'll become a better journalist than I've ever been. A more useful one.