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Z Media Matters
In a January 2008 article "The Greatest Media Revolution Since Gutenberg?" Lydia Sargent wrote, "If you've kept up with the growing concern among media people about the future of print, you know that its total demise is being predicted—some say in the next decade, others say by mid-century…. So it's depressing to think that our 20th year may be the last for Z Magazine in its current form." Well, as you can see, the print magazine is still around, with some modifications. And Z is doing, not great, but okay.
True, we're doing okay, but because we depend on our readers, subscribers, and contributors, if these drop off significantly, we will be in financial trouble very quickly. So far that doesn't seem to be the case. The Sustainer donations are up and provide well over half of Z's yearly income. The rest comes from magazine subscriptions, donations, and video sales.
We did some cost-cutting—from 64 to 48 pages, cheaper paper, and, unfortunately, stopped paying writers and illustrators except in cases of extreme need (we had been paying everyone since 1988). This has helped cut expenses of about $5,000 a month. Subscriptions are still dwindling a little, but not enough to make further changes at this point. Response to current mailings has been favorable.
We had hoped that our upgraded website would help increase subscriptions, but at the moment glitches and a convoluted ordering process at the Z Store have made it more difficult to subscribe than coming up with the theory of relativity. To counter this, we hope to make the magazine available on Amazon through EBSCO. Right now the easiest way to subscribe/renew is to fax or call us (see inside front cover).
The news is mixed on our upgraded website. The recent and first semester of the online Z School was only marginally successful. Though many people signed up, few participated meaningfully. The most likely explanation is over extension and time constraints that so many leftists suffer, but probably there are structural causes, as well. We are mulling that situation.
The site went through a two-month period of chaotic disruptions, partially due to denial of service attacks from outside enemies, partly from use-levels outrunning server power, and partly from residual problems with the upgrade. This seems to be corrected.
We are now correcting lots of bugs and working, too, on some innovations, particularly for Sustainers, Use is high and climbing. We have recently begun recycling classic content, which gives the site new life.
Z Video Productions
We continue to produce videos and have put previews of some of them on our website, along with an introduction to Z Media Institute and a handful of satiric shorts—one on Britain's ID program, one on the National Endowment for Democracy, and one called Raditrol where staff member Lydia Sargent learns to deal with radical rage by applying Raditrol: "It's a patch. You still get pissed off, but at much lower levels."
We hope to add to that collection of video shorts and introductions to various Z projects to "dress up" our otherwise text-heavy site.
Z Media Institute
Our nine-day school returns this year and will be held June 3 to 12 (see ad this issue). This project involves around 20 faculty, an average of 63 students, and 28 politics, media, skills, and organizing courses. It's exhausting, especially when we have to prepare the July/August issue of the magazine two days after the students leave. But each of the sessions from 1994 to 2007 have been incredibly rewarding.
If our finances hold firm, we hope to start making some political documentaries on various themes and to produce books for activist and classroom use—Z Books and Z Readers are two of the projects under discussion right now. We also hope to get all of the back issues of Z Magazine (from 1988-2000) online. If there is anyone out there interested in helping with this project, please get in touch.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all the writers and artists who have graciously accepted a subscription to Z in lieu of payment or who have waived payment altogether or who have let us put them on account for better financial times. We also want to thank all those who have supported us. So many of you have included an "extra donation for Z" on your subscription or renewal form. We are constantly amazed at readers' financial generosity and also by notes of encouragement often scribbled on small pieces of paper and shoved in an envelope along with a check. One of our favorites—from Kate—simply said, Thanks! And wow! Back at you, Kate, and all of you.
To contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-548-9063; fax 508-457-0626.
Z Magazine Archive
CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; email@example.com; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; email@example.com; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.