Today is World Press Freedom Day, Hug a Journalist!

Freedom of the Press isn’t Free.

Journalists die for it.

Almost Every Day.


If you live in a country where freedom of the press is taken for granted and the only time you really think about journalists is when there’s a “John King screws up” moment and you hear about it from Jon Stewart on late night tv, lucky you!

So far this year journalists/media workers have been killed at a rate of approx 1.5 a week this year.  If you’d like to hear from the reporters themselves (most working in countries not very press friendly) on the various issues they face and their take on freedom of the press and what hampers it or endangers it, check out UNESCOs videos for WPF Day 2013.

You can read more about the individuals that died and learn more about the issues journalists face and the countries of most danger for journalists at the International News Safety Institute. But here is just the past April’s list

Women reporting war face a whole other set of safety issues, which you can read more about here. AND if you’d like to read a great book on women journalists on the frontlines WHILE supporting INSI’s safety work on behalf of women reporters, pick up a copy of

No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters


This is not your mother’s monarchy, oh wait . . . it is!


The 16 Commonwealth countries, that recognize the British monarch as head of state, struck a historic blow for women’s rights on Friday.  They abolished male precedence in the order of succession to the throne.

The decision to overturn the centuries-old tradition known as primogeniture was accompanied by the scrapping of a constitutional prohibition on the monarch’s marrying a Roman Catholic. But the rule that reserves the throne to Protestants will remain.

And they say Elizabeth II isn’t progressive!

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Encouraging Success Stories about women who have conquered the Recession and done it their way

So, we’ve talked about a lot of things this past month, mostly publishing related, but today we link you up to a few stories of real women (all local to our county) who took small ideas and turned them into thriving businesses (s0me home based, some not) despite these tough economic times.  We hope what you take away from this is that there is room for you and your small business, whatever that is, including publishing books.

Christie McCruden bought a necklace 3 years ago, and liked it so much she decided to make some herself.  She taught herself what she needed to know. She works from home, part-time, and does about 30 orders a week. All orders come in through word of mouth. She started with 10-12 orders a week, but once her work appeared on The Bachelorette, things picked up. Customers can order a custom-made necklace at Prices range from $80 to $425.

Two years ago, Jemma Wildermuth wanted to go back to work and after a trip to the local museum, decided to clean out her garage and turn it into an eco-responsible walk-in  art studio anyone could come and rent for an hour or two.  Create Studio has now moved into a commercial space.  For $12 you can spend 2 hrs at Create Studio, all materials provided, creating art from the heart whether you’re 4 or 104.  And, it’s an idea that franchiseable!

For more stories, you can visit the VC Star website article by clicking on the link above, but we think this is enough to get you thinking. Yes, there is a recession, it may even be a depression, but there are still businesses you can start, on your own, without much start up , or talent, or real business acumen, and make them work.  The key ingredient to success is you, doing something you’re passionate about, something you enjoy.  Maybe that’s writing.  Maybe that’s surfing. Maybe it’s turning your suburban home into a sustainable farm. Maybe that’s . . . . you tell us.