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Student journalists express why press freedom matters

Student journalists, want to show off your multimedia skills and help advance press freedom? Here’s your chance to do so, and possibly land an internship and see your work on CNN to boot.

Reporters Without Borders and CNN have teamed up to sponsor the For Press Freedom” contest, open to U.S. college/university students.

All you need to do is create a video Public Service Announcement and submit it online. The PSA can be up to 50 seconds on the topic of “Why should we care about freedom of information?” Don’t worry if you’re busy with mid-terms now. The deadline isn’t until March 2012, so start story boarding now and work on the production over winter break.

Reporters Without Borders will welcome PSAs that are creative, professional, and have enough impact to not only catch the viewers attention, but make them absorb the message, even after the video is off the air. PSAs should also reflect the character of RSF.

Read more about the guidelines here.

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Crowdsource Photojournalism Projects With Emphas.is

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When you’re an independent journalist, it can be difficult to raise funding for purchasing equipment, covering travel, and pursuing your stories. Crowdfunding is a popular method of fund raising, and services like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and ChipIn can make the process easy. There’s now a new crowdfunding platform on the Internet — Emphas.is — and it’s specifically for photojournalists.

The project acceptance process on Emphas.is is very similar to other crowdfunding services. Photojournalists must draft a compelling proposal including a detailed budget, and a team of advisors reviews the proposal for acceptance onto the site. Contributions start at $10, and like Kickstarter, projects must be fully funded by the proposal’s deadline in order to receive funding.

Emphas.is has an interesting model that builds on the traditional notion of crowdfunding. If you fund up to 50% of any given project, you can acquire first publication rights. The site has already funded six projects, raising just over $75,000. Emphas.is has forged partnerships with Reporters without Borders and World Escapade Travel Insurance, and the British Journal of Photography (among others).

The site is still fairly new, and there are several interesting photojournalism projects available for funding. The specific niche that Emphas.is serves can help projects stand out from other crowdfunding platforms, especially with the possibility of acquiring first publication rights. Take a look at the projects over at Emphas.is and help fund the next great photojournalism project!