For every newspaper printed there is always a hard-working (and usually invisible) editorial crew behind the scenes. However in the ethos of Transition “comms” everyone is on show and everyone gets a credit – writers, photographers, editors, producers and tea-makers. So in the run-up to publication day (February 1), we thought we would introduce ourselves.
To kick off the series, here is the latest member of team TFP, Mark Watson, who has just taken over the crucial role of Distribution Manager. We now have a network in place with over 40 initiatives signed up to distribute the paper in cities and towns throughout the UK. and Mark is at present contacting as many TIs as he can to invite them on board.
Mark has been involved in transition media since he joined Transition Norwich and Sustainable Bungay (Suffolk) in 2008: He is a founder Social Reporter, and has been producing newsletters and bulletins, both on-line and in print for several years, as well as writing regular blogs on his key subjects of wild and medicine plants and community well-being:
“I’m excited about the Transition Free Press for many reasons: we read things in print we wouldn’t read on-line; a newspaper reaches people without internet access so brings the transition message to places other media don’t reach. You can read it and leave it on the bus, in a cafe, in the pub. You never know who might pick it up.
And for initiatives themselves, it’s a chance to raise funds. Committing to the standard bundle of 250 copies per quarter works out at 30p per copy. You can sell them at £1 each or for donations at events and meetings. If 250 seems a lot, then you can join up with other initiatives in your area and share a bundle. Then you get to know others doing transition at the same time. It’s a win-win really.
It’s all about connecting up and getting it out there!”
Mark Watson is the chair of Sustainable Bungay and a regular blogger on the Social Reporting Project and This Low Carbon Life. If you would like to join the Transition Free Press distribution network or discuss the possibility please get in touch with him firstname.lastname@example.org (01502 722419)
Image: Mark, curating this year’s Plant Medicine Bed at the Bungay Library Community Garden