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
- Screens and Society
- 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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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