English-Language Media Coordinator Report for January 2015

Dear C4SS supporters,

Well, it’s time for the monthly update on what we’re doing at the Center’s “op-ed shop.” But before I hit the numbers, a word or two about January.

About two thirds of the way into the month, the Center went through a pretty wrenching series of events. If you know what I’m talking about, well, you know. If you don’t know what I’m talking about I won’t try to tell you whether to just count yourself lucky that it blew right past you without notice or to read the Center’s statement on the matter. Decide that for yourselves.

Anyway, after all that, our immediate attitude was “get back on the horse.” That felt good. So good, in fact, that it wasn’t until I started toting up the numbers yesterday that I realized we hadn’t fallen off the horse and that in fact we have been wearing the horse out.

In January, I made 42,759 submissions of English-language Center op-eds to 2,588 publications worldwide.  I haven’t combed through previous monthly reports for the exact date, but I’m pretty sure the last time we broke the 40k submissions mark was early last fall.

As far as seeing our content re-published by newspapers, magazines and other (loosely defined) “mainstream media,” we’ve been hovering around the 50-pickup mark for months. In January, we racked up 60 pickups, and I suspect our surge in frequency of op-ed publications/submissions toward the end of the month will boost the early February pickup numbers as well.

Our single most re-printed piece for January was Daniel Pryor’s “Free Speech Supporters Should Still Criticize Charlie Hebdo,” which reached newspaper audiences in Jamaica, India, Mexico and the US states of Vermont and Arizona (as well as the global Internet audience, of course).

So: In good times and bad, through internal and external events that are hard on everyone involved, we keep on putting the market anarchist message into popular print. Thanks as always to you for the support which makes our work possible. And could someone please bring that horse a bag of oats and some water?

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
English-Language Media Coordinator
Center for a Stateless Society

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