2 ‘Occupy’ protests in D.C. start newspapers

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Two Washington demonstrations modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and others around the country are coming out with their own newspapers. The first issue of The Occupied Washington Post was published Tuesday, and a second newspaper, The Occupied Washington Times, will be distributed within the week, an editor said.

The newspaper published Tuesday, The Occupied Washington Post, is an eight-page free paper created by demonstrators camping at the city’s Freedom Plaza. It promises “News from Freedom Plaza and Around the Occupation World.” Stories include a roundup of the past three weeks of the demonstration. Most of the content has already appeared on the group’s website, www.october2011.org. The goal is to publish the paper weekly, said one of the demonstration’s organizers, Kevin Zeese.

“It’s just another way to spread the word,” said Zeese, adding that 2,500 of the 4,000 copies had been distributed by Wednesday afternoon.

A second group of protesters camping in the city’s McPherson Square is creating a separate newspaper called The Occupied Washington Times. One of the paper’s editors, Sam Jewler, said they hope to begin distributing it within a week. Jewler said more than 5,000 copies of the four-page paper will be printed and distributed at Metro stops, local universities and near the McPherson Square encampment.

The issue will contain stories from about a dozen contributors, including stories on local politics, the environment and economic injustice, Jewler said. The paper will also contain personal stories from demonstrators about why they are part of the movement and a survey of the top reasons people have joined the demonstration, Jewler said.

“I think for anyone who’s still confused about why we’re doing what we’re doing I think it will help clarify that,” said Jewler, adding that the paper would also be published online.

The print edition will be paid for through donations. As of Wednesday afternoon, $1,303 had been donated through the group’s website.

A call to The Washington Times seeking comment on any copyright infringement concerns the paper may have was not immediately returned. The Washington Post declined comment through a spokeswoman.