In the following video, the founders and senior editors of respective non-profit and independent media outlets, Paul Jay (The Real News Network) and Zain Raza (acTVism Munich), address the question on how they measure their success.
These questions and more are addressed in the following video:
NOTE: This event with Paul Jay took place on the 6th of January, 2015, and due the the developments in global affairs, acTVism Munich republished these videos.
Notable excerpts from the video:
Paul Jay on the role of independent media media today:
I mean, it’s already very difficult times for many people. But for those of us in the industrialized world, you know, that have a very priviliged bubble we are in, we do now have a space to organize in and we will really regret it 10-15 years from now if we haven’t taken full advantage of the space that we have because we can lose it. So, if we don’t have, you know, a media that can speak to, you know, tens of thousands of people and people don’t get organized to assert their interest then we could see, you know, we could repeat some of the stuff we saw in the 20th century.
Zain Raza on success and happiness:
[…] I have a problem with the word success, to be honest. It’s career, success and all this, is something which I don’t allude to. I find success, or let’s put it this way, I find happiness when I see people right here and we raise consciousness, when acTVism Munich brings people together. It’s for us happiness when there are 30 people not making a cent out of what we are doing and we come together as a collective organization. Be it the person that is guiding you when you come in, be it the person who’s at the ticket counter, be it the person, the camera people. All of these people are part of this organization gives me this collective feeling of being one unit […]
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He was the Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld’s independent flagship debate show CounterSpin, where he produced over 2,000 shows during its 10 years on air. Paul is also an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker whose films include Return To Kandahar, Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, Lost in Las Vegas, and Never-Endum-Referendum. He was also the Founding Chair of the Hot Docs International Festival (Toronto), now the largest in North America.
Zain Raza is the founder and senior editor of acTVism Munich. He is a journalist, activist and cultural promoter in Munich. As an activist he co-organized a number of demonstrations in Munich which included “March Against Monsanto”, and as a cultural promoter he brought hundreds of people together with his event “Pakistani on the Menu” that presented food, arts and music from many different cultures. As a writer and journalist, Raza’s research on political and economic issues was featured on the Tribune Express which he left in 2013 to found acTVism Munich. Since the founding, Raza has directly overseen and directed the production of over 100 videos that include interviews and events with experts such as Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Jürgen Todenhöfer, Katja Kipping, Hans-Christian Ströbele, Richard D.Wolff, Sarah Harrison, William Binney, Ray McGovern, Thomas Drake, Abby Martin, Annie Machon and many others. To find out more about Zain’s background, click here.