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Book by former reporter at the newspaper about grassroots campaign to save the 175-year-old, Pulitzer prize winner
Book by former reporter at the newspaper about grassroots campaign to save the 175-year-old, Pulitzer prize winner
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PLEASE NOTE: Since creation of the accompanying image, the book's subtitle has been changed to The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Beginning in the spring of 2012, I became involved in the ultimately unsuccessful efforts to save daily publication of my former employer, The Times-Picayune, after its owner announced drastic layoffs and changes at the 175-year-old, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner. I founded dashTHIRTYdash, a nonprofit to raise awareness about the changes at the newspaper and money for the hundreds of employees and contractors who lost their jobs because of those changes.

I'm now raising money to finance completion of a book about these efforts and the changes that have gone on at the newspaper and at other Advance Publications/Newhouse newspapers since then, including The (Portland) Oregonian, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Birmingham (Ala.) News, The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, the (Mobile) Press-Register, the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard, and the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News. I have a contract with a publisher, and the book is slated to be out in the fall of 2013, in conjunction with the first anniversary of the changes at The Times-Picayune and the Alabama newspapers. However, I've already more than spent the initial installment of my modest advance, primarily on travel and research. The money I'm seeking to raise on Kickstarter will allow me to complete the book, finance travel to New Orleans, and allow me to host a modest event or two in connection with its release.

If it appeals to your benevolent side, I've hired several former Times-Picayune staffers to edit and help design the book's jacket, and I've pledged one-half of the book's post-expense proceeds to dashTHIRTYdash, which is still accepting contributions for the dozens of Times-Picayune employees who have not landed new jobs. Anything I raise on KickStarter in excess of my expenses will go toward creation of a video about the book.

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I've done the hard part: I've signed with a publisher and am within a few weeks of completing the manuscript. I need about $3,000 to cover associated expenses (but am seeking $3,500 because of the associated fees charged by KickStarter and Amazon, which processes the payments), and would love to raise an additional $2,500 to pay for creation of a video about the book.

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    High-quality, 2-inch "Remember The Picayune" button. Headline in red Olde English font (the closest commercially available to the newspaper's masthead) against a newsprint background.

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    Your choice of a T-shirt: 1) black-and-white dashTHIRTYdash, The Times-Picayune's Employee Assistance Fund; or Times-Picayune Employee Reunion, from the Sept. 29, 2012 event at The Howlin' Wolf. (If you pick up the T-shirt from me in New Orleans at one of the book events, I'll refund the $10 I've added to this reward level for S&H.)

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    Copy of the book, Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune, to be published in September or October 2013, autographed by the author

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    VIP attendance at the September 2013 launch party of the book (date and location still TBD), including public acknowledgement (if desired), up to five rounds of drinks for you and a guest, and one autographed copy of the book.

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    Lunch for two at a minimum 3-star restaurant in New Orleans with the author, and an autographed copy of the book. Reward covers price of book and dinner on a mutually agreeable evening, but does NOT cover travel to or accommodations in New Orleans.

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    Dinner for two at a minimum 3-star restaurant in New Orleans with the author, and an autographed copy of the book. Reward covers price of book and dinner on a mutually agreeable evening, but does NOT cover travel to or accommodations in New Orleans.

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