Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: Figures of Successful Fight for Authentic Journalism

Michael Lacey is a son born to a construction worker in Newark, N.J. He used to attend Arizona State University, and this is where he met Jim Larking who became his campus friend. With Jim, Michael published Phoenix New Times addressing the inaugural issue in response to the ultra-conservative coverage by local media in campus antiwar protests. Learn more about Jim Lacey and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

Together with Larkin, Michael was vigilant to circulate and explore the political and social issues. This gave them experience and gained prominence in many nations, which grew their roster for different newspapers. On the other hand, Jim Larkin is an executive editor at New Times. They teamed up together for the Phoenix New Times, and this gave them popularity.

The role of Lacey was that of an executive editor while Larkin headed the advertising side. Within a short time, their paper captured the attention of many people who became their audience, and this made them more successful. In the year 1983, the New Times bought the Westword, which is Denver’s weekly news and art paper. This led to much expansion and birthed may other like-minded papers in the different regions.

Due to this growth, Lacey and Larking were arrested wrongly but after sometime, the lawsuit was settled at $3.75 million. This money was used to establish the Larkin and lacey Frontera Fund. This gives the grants to the organizations that handle migrants’ rights through Arizona. In addition, this organization supports the non-profit groups that agree and support the rights of Hispanics and the Latinos actively. In fact, the organization has met some of the support for the discriminated Latinos and the Hispanics about law enforcement and the public officials.

The organization is committed to fight anything that may be an obstacle to their liberty and existence so that its legacy can stand and be stable. It has helped in recovering some of the damages that were made over time to the individuals and is committed to the same task.

With time, the founders of First Amendment were committed to making the Village Voice Media Holdings Company to be known in the parts of the nations. This led to a great reputation earned from the incidence and matters regarding coverage of music, films, local events, and investigative reporting took shape. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Growth has been observed over the years since 2012 when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sold the WM to a group of company executives. It grew to reach 9 million readers in each month and online viewers of about 56 million.

The founding of the Frontera Fund by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey has been followed by a return to launching the Front Page Confidential, which is a website that will cover any threats of free speech and the First Amendment.

Their return to journalism is a great sacrifice and dedication to seeing that matters are handled in the light, and build a greater legacy about their foundations and the establishments thereof. These are news that everyone was looking forward to hearing and it boosts the spirit of journalism.

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