On his way a few weeks ago from the west coast to Berlin, where he reported from 2005 through 2009 for the LA Times, Newsweek and other outlets, Michael Levitin discovered that the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were in need of a print-newspaper helping hand. So the Columbia journalism grad decided to pitch in and has been working with the group ever since.
Today, the Sonoma County native gets a great write-up in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Joining a small team in a Greenwich Village on September 29, Levitin stayed up all night to copy edit the initial four-page broadsheet edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal.
The first edition had an initial run of 50,000 copies that went quickly and was followed by 20,000 more, Levitin said. A second edition started with 50,000 copies and and additional 50,000 will be distributed this weekend. The paper’s third and fourth editions are in the works, with Levitin and others involved looking to go national [with the fourth edition] as the “Occupy” movement spreads across the country.
Levitin, who most recently was an editor at the non-profit San Francisco Public Press, gets nice quotes in the piece from his mom, editor of literary journal The Floreant Press, and a former El Molino High School journalism advisor. He has also worked over the years for AP in Puerto Rico and an English language activist newspaper in La Paz, Bolivia.
[The very impressive October 8 second edition of the OWSJ, which includes an editorial note entitled “No List of Demands,” can be accessed here]