One year ago, despite any prior experience in the newspaper industry, I left the family business to become the Circulation Manager of the Epoch Times. My relatives and friends were shocked when I left behind a comfortable job and a good income. They thought I was throwing away my future, instead of understanding that I needed to follow my dream. I was not surprised by their responses, as at that moment the Epoch Times Southern California Edition distributed only 2,000 copies each week and there were less than 60 subscribers.
I realize that we have a problem with the mainstream media and I want to help. The Epoch Times is one of the few newspapers dedicated to seeking the truth through insightful and independent journalism and delivering it to our readers. This is the only reason for me to work for it. Fortunately, I was not alone. I work together with several others who are also willing to dedicate to the Epoch Times. With limited experience and resources we grew the Epoch Times tenfold to 20,000 copies each week in only a year and now have more than 700 newspaper distribution locations in Southern California. More are being developed in Arizona and Las Vegas.
Now we face a new challenge coming with the rapid increase in subscriptions which we are happy to see. The volunteer distribution team are overloaded to hand pack the newspaper and it is getting much more difficult to release our newspapers on time. We are looking to purchase packing and labeling machines so we can deliver more papers to more readers in more locations. We urgently looking for automation so the volunteers don’t have to manually fold, wrap and label each subscribed paper. You might say we’re ‘working our fingers to the bone’!