I’m real excited and proud about this one.
After much, much hard work, Dart Society Reports, the inaugural issue of the Dart Society’s human rights journalism magazine, is launched.
Please feel free to check it out, comment and spread the word as widely as you can.
As you’ll see, the issue centers on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The central package in the issue is from member Jacques Menasche, whose son Emanuel attended elementary school near Ground Zero.
Jacques went back to his son’s friends, their parents, teachers and principal to learn about what that deadly day has meant to them during the past decade.
Jacques has produced a 20-minute video that take the viewer through the day of the attacks, three journal entries that discuss the following two months and a main story that looks back from the perspective of 10 years.
Each piece can stand on its own and each is part of a collective project.
In addition, more than a dozen members have shared their recollections of the attacks and how it has impacted them on personal and professional levels.
For some like board member and photographer David Handschuh, the consequences were brutally physical, as the collapse of the second tower nearly killed him.
Handschuh is one of a number of Society members-Lori Grinker, Maria Alvarez, and Joseph Rodriguez are among the others-who were in New York on that fateful Tuesday.
Others, like photographer John Moore, were much farther away.
Moore writes about being in Chile, where September 11 has a very different meaning.
On that day in 1973, democratically-elected Salvador Allende was overthrown by the forces allied with Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The CIA-backed coup ushered in a dark period from which the country is still recovering.
Each of these members has both provided examples of the type of sensitive and compassionate journalism the Society seeks to support, and talks about how journalists can help each other deal with the emotional consequences of doing that work.
Publishing a new magazine is an enormously taxing affair, especially when many, many of the participants work on a volunteer basis. Magazine committee members Julia Lieblich, Clara Germani, Maria Alvarez and Jim Trotter spent countless hours meeting, strategizing and striving to ensure that the lack of pay did not mean a lack of quality.
Deirdre Stoelzle Graves, our executive director, ushered the project through with grit and grace.
We’ll set a time to celebrate our accomplishment soon. In the meantime, though, I hope you take some time to check out the site and let us know what you think.