This week’s special edition is about potential.
Recall Nagorno Karabakh 10 years ago when ceasefire was new. Read this week’s articles and imagine how it could be in 2014 if a peace agreement can be reached.
While it will take decades to recover from all that the tiny region has suffered, the past 10 years – and especially the past five – have shown what can be accomplished when passion and commitment are linked by proper support and encouragement.
At ArmeniaNow, we believe that the availability of reliable information is a key to Karabakh’s future development. The articles on this week’s edition are evidence of many stories to tell about the concerns, needs, growth and overall conditions of the emerging republic. We want to be your vehicle for bringing those stories to an international audience.
Like NKR, ArmeniaNow is itself developing. Next week, you will find a new design on these pages – part of our overall desire to improve the way we put information on your screen. We will soon (in July) celebrate two years of training and producing a style of journalism that previously had existed only in theory in Armenia.
Over the past 22 months we have worked with and trained some 25 journalists. In addition to the staff of local reporters whose work you read weekly here, ArmeniaNow has also helped to train journalists from Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and South Ossetia.
We were born and are maintained by sponsors who believe in our goals. Through their generosity, 91 editions of the Internet journal have been published, free to readers and media outlets, and now reach more than 10,000 visitors per week plus reprints in local and Diaspora publications.
We wish to remain free to readers and to encourage many more to log on to what we do so that people can get good, accurate, interesting information about life in Armenia, wherever in the world they live. But we also need to begin paying our way, just as any other publication in the world.
Beginning next week then, we will be seeking contributions from readers to support the work of ArmeniaNow. This is not a subscription – you will still be able to read all of the material on the site for free if you choose. But we hope that you appreciate ArmeniaNow’s reporting enough to want to help to secure its continued existence as an independent publication.
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As a further incentive, we intend to commit the first $5,000 raised to establishing a permanent ArmeniaNow bureau in Karabakh. Our hope is to mark our second anniversary by announcing that we are able to set up the first western-style newsroom to operate from Stepanakert.
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ArmeniaNow will use your donation to create an office in Stepanakert, train local journalists in the methods of independent media, and employ a correspondent dedicated to reporting news specifically about Karabakh.
12 essays, seven poems, 56 color photos
As a thank-you from us, the first 50 readers who make a donation of at least $100 will receive a free copy of John Hughes’ book “Armenia: The Story of a Place in Essays and Images”.
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Finally: As we acknowledge the 10 th anniversary of ceasefire, it is our hope that we might soon report a settlement, followed by many years of peaceful growth for all the nations involved.
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