Wanderlust and a series of character flaws got me into photography: Meleán

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Through the Cracks got started six months ago with one reporter and a Tumblr blog.

Today we have about a dozen people working to bring you original stories of innovation, reporting and storytelling made possible by crowdfunding.

Given our quick growth, we think you should know a little more about the people who are cranking out these stories, so in the coming weeks we’ll share stories about each of our contributors and editors.

Nothing fancy, just five questions, but we hope it gives you a better idea who is building Through the Cracks.

Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally awesome person?

Meleán: I blame a combination of character flaws like recklessness, passion and a burning curiosity to know and see everything. Oh, and of course, wanderlust. 

Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

Meleán: I laughed until I cried last week, but I can’t remember the exact reason why. =/ 

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Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?

Meleán: I’m in the process of writing a story on alternative education for Bolivian Express. At the same time, I’m part of a small team designing a map of entrepreneurial ventures located in the rural wine country of Southern Bolivia to promote tourism for territorial development. I’m also in the process of editing 60+GB of footage and photos from my trips to Valle de los Cintis and the Uyuni salt flats this month.

Through the Cracks: Why did you decide to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?

Meleán: Why not?

Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?

Meleán: Everything. There is a world of possibilities for creatives and storytellers in crowdfunding journalism. I’m particularly interested in Nat Geo photographer Matthieu Paley’s book crowdfunding campaign, “Men&Food” – story coming soon for TC!

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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