Black Voice News will host one of the next five CatchLight Fellows

Last updated on May 12, 2022 by BVN

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Black Voice News is proud to have been selected as the host newsroom for one of the next five CatchLight Fellows as the organization continues to support new models of visual journalism in local news.

CaptureLighta visually-focused media organization, selected five visual journalists as CatchLight Local Fellows, partially subsidizing their full-time positions when they join partner California news organizations. They are part of a groundbreaking collaborative initiative to transform a local news landscape that has seen visual journalism staff in newsrooms nationwide split in half over the past decade.

Local CatchLight Fellows will be part of the CatchLight California Local Visual Officea new collaborative visual journalism model that funds five to 10 visual journalism fellows, a visual editor, and the editorial and engagement director of CatchLight for the next three years to help advance visual representation in local news in California.

“It’s such an exciting time for CatchLight to be able to bring the power of visual journalism back to local newsrooms in California through long-term positions,” said Elodie Mailliet Storm, CEO of CatchLight. “Visuals have the unique ability to create empathy, establish common ground and effectively build trust in local news sources.”

In addition to these philanthropic organizations, Report for America is a partner, offering financial support to cover part of the salaries of three of the $60,000 reporters.

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On June 1, CatchLight Local Fellows will join news organizations based in California’s Inland Empire, San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento as staff members for a minimum of one year (positions can be renewed for up to three years). Each Fellow, in addition to covering day-to-day assignments, will undertake visual journalism feature films, as well as community engagement projects to better connect their newsroom to the local community. For most newsrooms, this will be the first time they have had a full-time visual journalist on staff and this represents a significant development.

PHot journalist and digital artist Aryana Michelle Noroozi joins the Black Voice News team effective June 1, 2022.

Join the team of black voice news as a member of the CatchLight/RFA corps, photojournalist and digital artist Aryana Michelle Noroozi. Naroozi, who earned her master’s degree at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, was featured in the San Diego Union Grandstand and the Los Angeles Times.

“In 2022, the black voice news is celebrating our 50th anniversary and this collaboration with CatchLight and Report for America allows us for the first time to employ a full-time visual journalist. We have long understood the power of images in storytelling and look forward to being a Catchlight Local California Visual Desk newsroom to bring that power to our growing solution-focused data reporting team,” said Paulette Brown. -Hinds, editor, black voice news.

Other new members of the CatchLight body include Harika Maddala bay town newsXimena Natera who will be part of the Berkeleyside team, Sree Sripathy joins the team Currents of India press room and Larry Valenzuela is greeted by Cal Matters.

“We deeply believe in the power of visual journalism to inform and unite communities. CatchLight is leading the way,” said Kevin Grant, co-founder and chief content officer of The GroundTruth Project and vice president of Report for America. “We are so proud to deepen our relationship with this phenomenal team.”

The media outlets that will host newly selected fellows vary greatly in size and scope. Cal Matters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how the California State Capitol works and its importance; Currents of India is a non-profit, non-partisan, multi-platform ethnic media organization focused on the Native American community; Berkeleyside is a nonprofit news organization serving the city of Berkeley; bay town news is a nonprofit news site that provides free, data-driven public service journalism to the San Francisco Bay Area; and black voice news is an inner empire solution-focused news site and data-driven reporting.

“Changing the game to focus on creating visual resources to better document stories affecting local communities has become more critical than ever for photojournalism work, enabling a better understanding of the solutions that can emerge, a need at the heart of many communities today. That’s exactly what CatchLight Fellows are doing through their impactful work in communities in California and beyond,” said Xin Liu, President of the Enlight Foundation.

“As newspapers cut jobs, photo departments have been hit hard. Coverage in the SF Bay Area suffered greatly. Communities that previously received media coverage are now ignored for larger news and issues. I am extremely excited to work with CatchLight Local, visually documenting the problems of neglected communities in the Bay Area to identify their causes and explore possible solutions,” said bay town news Photo editor Ray Saint Germain.

This initiative was made possible thanks to the support of five philanthropic organizations: the Enlight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, in partnership with PhotoWings.
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