from the NY Observer:
The Yes Men’s previous news pranks provided political commentary through the lens of the city’s existing media. The “We’re Screwed!” New York Post suggested that global climate change is one issue that actually merits tabloid-style histrionics. What looked like a liberal idealist’s fantasy edition of the New York Times was actually based on President Obama’s campaign promises.
The Occupy Wall Street Journal, by contrast, aims to be an earnest and functional news outlet.
“We will explain the issues involved and how the general assembly process operates at Liberty Plaza,” says the Kickstarter. “It will also offer resources and ways to join. The emphasis will be on quality content, design, photography and artwork that uses incisive humor to make it a lively read.”
Editor's note: Thus far, the Kickstarter page has attracted 437 Backers, who pledged $16,968 of the original $12,000 goal. There are 9 days to go. This project will be funded on Sunday Oct 9, 11:38am EDT.
Once again, the Kickstarter page is:
Occupy Wall Street is the beginning of a whole new kind of democracy: a bottom-up people's democracy led by the 99%. It is a bold vision for the future that is beginning to inspire the nation. However, to pull it off, we're going to need a robust people's media unbeholden to corporate money. If we want people's democracy then we've got to build a people's media -- the two are inseparable.
We want to be the people's media. Our first project is The Occupy Wall Street Journal, a four-page broadsheet newspaper with an ambitious print run of 50,000. It's aimed at the general public. The idea is to explain what the protest is about and profile different people who have joined and why they joined. We will explain the issues involved and how the general assembly process operates at Liberty Plaza. It will also offer resources and ways to join. The emphasis will be on quality content, design, photography and artwork that uses incisive humor to make it a lively read.
Future projects include longer editions of the newspaper, bold stickers, edgy posters, colorful palm cards and inspiring flyers.
This project is a volunteer effort: every penny you donate will go directly to printing and distribution.