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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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