Six months ago Through the Cracks was 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.
We begin with Kevin N. Hume, a photojournalist and student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
Hume: I can’t exactly remember the last time I did that. But I will say I’ve just started watching the show Broad City and it makes me howl with laughter. Same with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally awesome person?
Hume: I decided to become a journalist because I wanted to write about and discuss real things that matter in life. As I got older, I fell for photography and the rush of capturing a moment. I am now dedicating my life to photojournalism because I love the challenge of telling a story through pictures and how creative I can be with the medium. I love the experimentation and how free I feel when I have a camera in my hand.
Through the Cracks: Why did you decide to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?
Hume: I decided to contribute to Through the Cracks because my awesome photo friend, Carlos Moreno asked me if I could help out. But I also signed on because I believe in its core mission: to highlight journalistic and photography projects that seek crowdfunding. Some of my friends have mentioned that journalism projects are among the least funded on sites like Kickstarter and the projects are often amazing, too amazing to not get at least a little bit of attention. I am happy that I can help shed some light toward some of these deserving projects.
Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?
Hume: I’m currently finishing up my last semester at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. I’m working on my thesis (which is a group multimedia project around inequality and mobile technology), as well as a radio documentary and photo essay on a friend who is hoping to inspire others by documenting his weight loss journey online. I’m also applying to jobs and internships to hopefully have something lined up by the time I graduate in May.
Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?
Hume: I’ll admit I’m fairly new to crowdfunding journalism, but I feel like it’s this great way for journalists and journalistic entrepreneurs to find ways to do projects that matter. It seems like time and money are always the biggest issues when it comes to producing quality journalism, and those have been severely hindered with the collapse of the traditional advertising-based journalism business model.
But crowdfunding can serve as a way to finance important journalism such as investigative pieces that take time to produce, and can make it so the project is funded before it even gets under way. It’s not an end-all, be-all, but it’s a vital tool.
To learn more about Kevin, visit kevinnhume.com.