Creating a platform for independent visual journalists

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Often in smaller or understaffed newsrooms you see a heavy reliance on inconsistent freelance contributions, multiple subscriptions to wire services and the utilization of clipart or stock photos. These can be costly and oftentimes don’t always provide hyperlocal or area specific content that you need on a consistent basis. 

This gave me my RJI Fellowship idea. I am going to create a platform that will tap directly into the community of local independent visual journalists to streamline the process of acquiring content and paying independent journalists immediately as a part of the transaction.

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