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$25,000 to send five photojournalists to cover stories that matter.
149 backers pledged $25,089 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: No one said funding photojournalism was easy! We are nearing our final days and have made some changes to our campaign. We chose Ruddy Roye and Beth Nakamura because of their demonstrated excellence in the field, their ability to write, their understanding of the power of social media – and most importantly – their passion for telling stories of social relevance. Now we're putting you in charge! Help us reach our funding goals while we add photojournalists to round out our team.

We hope you will join us in making this photojournalism project a reality. We know our hand-picked photographers will produce work that will advance the conversation about important issues- and we can't do it without you.

Along with your pledge, suggest a topic you care about, or weigh in on our existing ones. Below are some of the themes that have been suggested: 

  • Climate Change 
  • Economic Justice 
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Greed Education 
  • Heroin Epidemic 
  • Mental Health 
  • Poverty 
  • Screens and Society 
  • Immigration 
  • Racial Justice

Upon completion of the campaign, the team of photojournalists and the ViewFind editorial team will confer and decide on which stories to cover based on their potential impact and relevance. The photojournalists’ finished work will be published on ViewFind.com.

We are doing this Kickstarter to draw attention to an alarming trend that affects us all – the gradual demise of traditional media, and with it, the foundation for photojournalism. As many of you have seen in the headlines, photojournalists are the first newsroom employees to lose their jobs. Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Sun Times, and many others have laid off, in part or in whole, their photojournalism teams. According to the PEW Research Center, 43% of photojournalism jobs that existed 15 years ago are gone today.

With the money raised, these passionate photojournalists will create a strong body of work on one theme and remind people of the great power of photojournalism.

There's the Kickstarter, and then there's ViewFind. 

We started ViewFind with two goals. The first is to be the home for compelling visual storytelling – storytelling that uses the power of images accompanied by well-written and informative summaries and captions. There are numerous existing platforms that focus on great journalism and there are many that focus on great photography. Our strength and distinction lies in the power of the intersection between these two powerful, yet fundamentally different disciplines. 

Our second but equally important goal is to build a platform that enables photojournalists to create, share, and find sustainable and career-enhancing assignments. With our talented team we are going to bring the culture of start-ups into the photojournalism world. We will innovate and iterate with several different models in order to succeed. At the heart of it, we all know that with the proliferation of social media, anyone can take and post a photo, but only a few can tell a story. We seek to empower these talented individuals to do the work that is necessary to connect people to each other and help us better understand our complex world. That's what photojournalism does best.  

Video Produced and Edited by Cecilia Préstamo

Risks and challenges

The delivery date listed on the project is simply an estimate. Please understand that there is potential for delay as some stories may take longer to cover than others.

Another risk is that one of our backers has changed their address or input their address incorrectly. We will be readily available to assist should the need arise.

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    A SPECIAL THANK YOU

    You will receive a special thank you on ViewFind’s social media platforms when the stories are published.

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    SUBMIT A STORY

    You will be able to submit a story and a photojournalist for consideration in the assignment process.

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    PERSONAL POSTCARD

    You will receive a personalized post card from a photojournalist while on assignment – special consideration will be made to match you with your photojournalist if your story suggestion is chosen.

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    CHOICE OF T-SHIRT

    You will receive your choice of 1 of 2 limited edition ViewFind t-shirts.

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    A HANDSOME VIEWFIND COFFEE MUG

    You will receive a limited edition ViewFind coffee mug.

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    HOLD THE REWARDS

    The entirety of your pledge goes to funding meaningful photojournalism.

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    A SMART PHONE PHOTO BOOK

    You will receive a soft cover 20-page 7x9 photo book using the medium of smart phone photography. The book will be professionally edited and will contain select mobile-only images from: Matt Eich, Sara Lewkowicz, Benjamin Lowy, Beth Nakamura, and Ruddy Roye.

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    T-SHIRT OR MUG + PERSONAL POSTCARD

    You will receive your choice of 1 of 2 limited edition ViewFind t-shirts OR the limited edition ViewFind coffee mug as well as a personal post card.

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    A SELECT PRINT

    You will receive an 8.5 x11 unsigned print of your choice from a selection of work by: Matt Eich, Sara Lewkowicz, Benjamin Lowy, Beth Nakamura, and Ruddy Roye.

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    THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY + T-SHIRT OR MUG + PERSONAL POSTCARD

    You will have the opportunity to have a 15 minute video call with your photojournalist of choice after the project has concluded.

    You will also receive 1 of 2 limited edition ViewFind t-shirts OR the limited edition ViewFind coffee mug and a personal post card.

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    THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY + ASSIGNMENT PHOTO BOOK + T-SHIRT OR MUG + PERSONAL POSTCARD

    You will receive a 20-page photo book of a story of your choice.

    You will also receive the opportunity to have a 15 minute video call with the photojournalist of your choice after the project has concluded, 1 of 2 limited edition ViewFind t-shirts, the limited edition ViewFind coffee mug, a personal post card, and a special thank you on our ViewFind.com about page.

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    A DINNER TO REMEMBER

    Dinner in San Francisco at a Michelin Star restaurant with the ViewFind team and your photojournalist of choice. Includes airport pickup and drop off; lodging and airfare not included.

    You will also receive a 20-page photo book of a story of your choice, 1 of 2 limited edition ViewFind t-shirts, the limited edition ViewFind coffee mug, a personal post card, and a SPECIAL thank you on our ViewFind.com about page.

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Funding period

- (60 days)