Supporting the Work of Al Giordano
Al Giordano is a veteran newspaper reporter, radio and television host, and Internet journalism pioneer who founded Narco News in 2000 and its School of Authentic Journalism in 2002. Prior to moving to Latin America, Al was the political reporter for the Boston Phoenix, and has published his work in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Utne Reader, American Journalism Review, New Left Review, and dozens more periodicals.
Named “Hot Muckraker” by Rolling Stone (2001), Al’s pioneering work in Authentic Journalism has also been profiled and praised by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, Online Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review, The Village Voice, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wired.com, and The Media Channel. Al was the recipient of an Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award in 2004. James Wolcott of Vanity Fair praised his coverage of the 2004 presidential contest noting that Giordano “enjoyed the hottest streak of almost any handicapper.”
Giordano was the first Internet journalist to receive First Amendment protections in a landmark New York Supreme Court case (Banamex vs. Mario Menendez, Al Giordano and Narco News) in 2001, setting an historic precedent for all online journalists and websites.
Through the School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico and Bolivia, and directing various road teams for Narco News, Al has trained more than 100 young journalists throughout the hemisphere. He is currently on leave from Narco News (although still advising its staff) to cover the political beat in the United States 2008 elections.
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The Fund for Authentic Journalism invites your partnership in supporting the authentic journalism that is rising in tandem with authentic democracy in Latin America. A more honest and authentic journalism will and does help people gain fuller and more authentic justice, liberty, and autonomy.
Through your donations, the Fund for Authentic Journalism supports three original yet proven projects in this field: a hard-hitting on-line newspaper, The Narco News Bulletin; its participatory project in The Narcosphere; and the hemisphere-wandering School of Authentic Journalism which may soon – with your help – put down roots in Mexico.
Narco News reports on the drug war and democracy from Latin America. It is the first publication to win extended First Amendment protections granting freedom of the press for all Internet journalists from the New York Supreme Court in 2001.
Narco News readers, journalists, and supporters are involved daily in publishing the newspaper, as co-publishers, through the innovative group blog known as The Narcosphere.
Over the past two years, Narco News has trained more than 100 journalists from throughout the hemisphere, through the School of Authentic Journalism, to be great investigative reporters at the service of the people, and not the special interests.
Your donation of any size - whether your money or your labor - to The Fund for Authentic Journalism or the projects it supports makes you a co-publisher of Narco News who can post your comments and reports directly to The Narcosphere and help guide this historic, ground-breaking, project for a media of, by, and for the people.
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Where the people cannot act collectively to govern our lives in our own interests, there is no democracy. Where the information required for the people to act in our own interests is suppressed, democracy cannot function. Where such conditions prevail, The Fund for Authentic Journalism shall do its work.
Against a news media climate bereft of in-depth and incisive international reporting, adrift from the ethical bonds it once claimed for itself and overpowered by an incessant corporate conglomeration, The Fund for Authentic Journalism stands firm in the wind to support the unlikely, the unfunded and the uncorrupted journalists. In these perilous times, arbitrary market forces and a handful of powerful personalities must not be allowed to monopolize the vital work of educating the public on international issues. These are times to foster the outsiders, the independents, the authentic journalists and irrepressible tellers of truth. To cultivate and empower them to get vital stories into the public's hands, however uncomfortable the facts therein may be, for advertisers, governments, corporate boards or whoever unduly tries to manipulate the news. These are no times to let uncomfortable truth fall silent in the wind.
In December of 2003, The Fund for Authentic Journalism organized to form a support and funding mechanism for important journalistic work, which might not otherwise see the light of day. We pledge to seek out, sustain and strengthen projects of exceptional value to the public interest and in the process help to create an environment where invaluable journalism, uncorrupted by the pressures of today's media climate, can grow and flourish to the benefit of all. We hope you will join us in supporting these efforts.
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How You Can Help
The Fund for Authentic Journalism supports the work of The Narco News Bulletin and its School of Authentic Journalism, which plans – depending on your support – to establish a permanent campus in Mexico.
Narco News (www.narconews.com) is a free, online, newspaper that publishes educational journalism in the public interest - "reporting on the drug war and democracy from Latin America" - free of advertising or other pressures, and that involves the public in three languages to be more effective at influencing journalism and insuring they are better served by it. Narco News was the first online publication to win First Amendment protections from the New York Supreme Court under the provisions of Sullivan v. New York Times in December of 2001, and stands as a model for nonprofit journalism throughout the world.
The School of Authentic Journalism, which held its first session in February 2003 on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, has trained 30 journalism students from different countries, in Spanish, and in English, in reporting skills, international reporting, press freedom law, journalistic ethics and philosophy, and skills specific to online, print, video and radio journalism. The next major session of the School of Authentic Journalism, supported by this fund, took place in Bolivia in July and August 2004.
The Fund for Authentic Journalism has applied to the United States Internal Revenue Service for 501c3 tax-exempt status.
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Read the June 2005 fund appeal from Al Giordano: “Help Protect Your Journalists at an Hour of Moral Crisis”
Letters in support of the Fall 2005 Fund Appeal
Letters in Support of Fall 2004 Appeal
Letters in Support of Spring 2004 Appeal
Letters in Support of the second major session of the School of Authentic Journalism
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