From:   rob hollander <>
Sent time:   Monday, October 17, 2011 3:42:49 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] One Month of Occupation, Publish Your Thoughts!

This will sound unkind, but it is not meant as any kind of offense to you Sahar, and I apologize in advance.

A little caution regarding such press invitations. They often turn out to be opportunities for rabid comment responses against the article. The Post and the News both have used such invitations as a kind of ambush -- publishing a brief note followed by a tsunami of exclusively oppositional responses.

It might be useful for OWSer's to avail themselves of wider print media than the OWS Journal, but anyone who takes up such an invitation should at least include some mention that she or he cannot speak for the Movement as a spokesperson, but is offering a personal perspective, and should get a promise from the editor that that disclaimer or hedge will be published with the article.

I'm sure this is an innocent request, but the press can turn into something of a circus even with the best of intentions.

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM, Sahar Vahidi <> wrote:
This is via my managing editor....


Hello All,

I'm Marissa Maier, the Managing Editor of Our Town Downtown. We are a
weekly newspaper that recently merged with the New York Press. We are
distributed in news boxes south of 14th Street. We made a last minute
decision to run a feature story package on the one-month anniversary
of the occupation of Zuccutti Park.

I would love to include a 550 word, first perspective piece on the
occupation from people who are heavily involved in it. The subject, or
focus of the piece can be varied, and depends on your particular area
of expertise. If you have a piece that fits this word count, and would
like to have it printed in our paper, please send it to me as soon as
you can. We will pay roughly $50 to publish the piece. Please feel
free to email me if you have anymore questions.

All best,
Marissa Maier
Managing Editor
Our Town Downtown

w: (212) 268-0371
79 Madison Avenue
New York, NY


Rob Hollander
Lower East Side Residents for Responsible Development
622 E 11, #10
NYC, 10009