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Narco News Offers Journalism Scholarship

by Narco News Monday, Oct. 07, 2002 at 7:17 PM

The Narco News website is offering a journalism class to several aspiring journalists.

October 1, 2002

Please Distribute Widely

This announcement appears online at:

The Narco News School of Authentic Journalism





FEBRUARY 10 to 20, 2003


Thanks to a grant from the Tides Foundation, six starting journalists and/or

journalism students will be chosen by Narco News to come to Mérida on the

Yucatán Peninsula of the Mexican Southeast in February 2003 for a ten-day

intensive workshop in authentic journalism by the makers and colleagues of

The Narco News Bulletin and the Mexican daily newspaper Por Esto!.

Scholarship winners will receive airfare to and from the seminar, food and

lodging, and will attend all events during the ten-day seminar for free.




This seminar will include hands-on work by each student as a journalist:

Scholarship recipients will participate in Narco News' extensive online

coverage of the historic first-ever drug legalization conference with

participants from throughout América, North and South, titled OUT FROM THE

SHADOWS, hosted by the Autonomous University of Yucatán.

That event will take place February 12 through 15 in Mérida, capital of

Yucatán state, featuring former Colombian attorney general Gustavo de

Greiff, leaders of the coca growers unions in Bolivia, attorneys, scholars,

legislators and experts on drug policy from the drug war "hot spots" in our

hemisphere. The conference, like the seminar, will be bilingual: for Spanish

and English speakers alike. Scholarship students will cover these events as

reporters and publish their news stories and analysis on the online newspaper.



Then, beginning on February 16, students will attend participatory

discussions led by Narco News publisher Al Giordano with experienced

journalists and communicators. Sessions will be held in English and in

Spanish, with translation provided. Participants will tour the facilities of

Mexico's third-largest and fastest-growing daily newspaper, Por Esto!, speak

with editor-publisher Mario Menéndez, and the team of reporters and

photographers who documented large-scale cocaine trafficking activities on

the lands of Mexico's wealthiest banker.

Menéndez, Giordano and Narco News were victorious co-defendants in the "drug

war on trial" case in which the New York Supreme Court ruled in their favor

against Banamex-Citigroup and established a landmark legal precedent

extending the First Amendment protections of "Sullivan v. New York Times" to

Internet journalists.

The seminar will include presentations by First Amendment attorneys who

defended that historic case in the United States and in Mexico, and by

Internet pioneer John Gilmore of the Electronic Frontier Foundation,

including an analysis of how journalists, especially online journalists, can

make full benefit of the New York court's decision.


Mario Menéndez Rodríguez -- Gary Webb -- Renán Castro Madera -- Annie

Harrison -- John Gilmore -- Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar -- Jeremy Bigwood --

Gustavo de Greiff -- Maria Botey Pascual -- Jules Siegel -- Peter Gorman --

Lisandro Coronado Alcocer -- Gonzálo Subirats García -- Maximilien Arvelaiz

-- Juan Ramírez -- Dave Borden -- Valerie Vande Panne -- Anthony Lappe --

Stephen Marshall -- Luis Gómez -- Dan Feder...

You can read more about them, see their photographs, and read about some

other invited guests at:

Students and Faculty of our J-School will also attend one of Por Esto!

editor Mario Menéndez's Community Assemblies. Por Esto!, the third-largest

daily in Mexico, is the only daily in América that invites the public to

critique and advise the newspaper face to face with its publisher and staff.

We are contacting other important authentic journalists to invite them to

join our faculty. The list of faculty (above) is thus incomplete, subject to

change, and open to your suggestions, too.

Some of the faculty members have agreed to make their presentations barefoot

and in bathing suits on a sleepy Caribbean beach sipping cold liquids from



The six scholarship recipients will be chosen by publisher Al Giordano in

consultation with our partners at Salón Chingón, the Narco News Team, the

Por Esto! News Team, and our Faculty, to find "the six biggest potential

journalistic troublemakers and truth-seekers on the planet," from a variety

of regions, languages (Spanish or English) and tendencies. Interest and

familiarity with the Narco News project, the authentic journalism movement,

Internet and other media, as well as possession of a writer or

communicator's "voice" and talent, a sense of humor, and a commitment to

authenticity in journalism and democracy will be weighed as positive, but

not exclusive, factors in reviewing applications and choosing the six

scholarship recipients. We will also consider the applicant's possibilities

of continuing to work with the Narco News project, or in other media,

reporting on the drug war in Latin América.

At a time when commercial journalism is in a state of crisis, we're looking

for a dream team help us cover an important news event - the first América

wide drug legalization conference - and to receive training in the craft and

ethics of authentic journalism as practiced by Narco News, Por Esto!, and

others we admire.

We also want very much to hear from journalism students and beginning

journalists what you think about the crisis of our profession and how to

best carry forward the Authentic Journalism Renaissance.

To receive an application form - it's due on November 15, 2002 - send an

email to


If you think you're part of the future of authentic journalism, use the

application form to persuade us that you ought to be one of the Authentic


Letters of recommendation (email only), inquiries and suggestions regarding

the Narco News Authentic Journalism Scholarships should be sent to our

colleagues at

If you are chosen for this scholarship part of your training will include

your own journalistic work as a Narco News correspondent reporting on,

interviewing the participants, and analyzing the OUT FROM THE SHADOWS


You'll receive private coaching, review, critique, and advice about your

work from experienced journalists on your faculty.

Likewise, you'll be covering your own journalism classes for Narco News -

reporting what the journalists, opinion-makers and students are saying about

the crisis of journalism in our times and potential solutions. There will

also be sessions on technical skills. Thus, you'll also be disseminating the

nuts-and-bolts basics of the training sessions to a larger body of readers.

Journalism is about persuasion and coherence, too: Just convince us, in

plain or creative language, using any form of media, that you're what we're

looking for when we want to point to somebody and say, "see, the Authentic

Journalism Renaissance is alive and well." Tell us what you think about how

the drug war in our América is reported, and what you personally would like

to do, journalistically, about it in 2003 and beyond. And tell us a little

bit about what you want to learn from experienced journalists and

communicators. That will help us design the program to the students' needs

and those of the readers who will be "taking the courses" online.


Distribute this announcement to potential scholarship recipients you know,

as well as at journalism schools, workplaces, and independent media

websites, publications and broadcasters. Applicants may be of any age or

experience level but must be fluent in either Spanish or English, and be

experienced in the use of email. Scholarships are open to print or online

journalists, and also to those working or studying in all forms of media,

broadly defined, including photojournalism, video-journalism, filmmaking,

long-form non-fiction writing, radio, and other means of communication.

Deadline for applications will be November 15th.

Winners will be informed on or near December 1st, and will be flown to and

from the Yucatán Peninsula as our guests from February 10 through 20, 2003.

Beyond the six winners of the scholarship, a yet to be determined number of

additional applicants will be invited to attend the seminar free, some with

partial scholarships.

The Narco News School of Authentic Journalism reserves the right to set all

terms of the program and to accept or reject participation by anyone for any


This event is a trade-free zone; a cultural exchange, not a moneymaker. Much

of the seminar will also be made available online at free of

charge to the public and to authentic journalists and readers everywhere.

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2002

Read the Opening Remarks from Your College President:

To receive an application, in English or in Spanish, send an email to:

Subscribe for free alerts of new reports:

Suscríbete gratis para alertas de reportajes nuevos en Español:

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