If you can believe it, the Newsvine Photographers' year subscription to GoToMeeting (GTM) is coming to an end. In that time, the Photographers have held many "meetings": we view and discuss photography every Thursday, we met to create brand imaging, we 'beta tested' the editor to create better article layouts, we've held workshops to discuss photography and processing techniques, the admins meet regularly to facilitate and develop group activities, and there are plans to utilize this software to cultivate content for a NVP venture in development, Picture Articles (more on this below).
The last day of our GTM subscription is June 14th and the cost for another year is $468. The NVP PayPal account balance is at $426.48. The donations and support over this last year has been fantastic (and greatly appreciated) and there is little doubt that the Photographers can raise the additional $41.52 needed for the meeting software.
If something comparable to GTM can be found at a cheaper price before renewal time, NVP is willing to make the switch. The money saved will be used toward the next year's subscription. However, because increased participation in the virtual-vinemeets and personal development is desired, NVP is willing to purchase headsets and inexpensive photography and studio equipment for Photographers if the funds are available and it doesn't jeopardize our ability to purchase meeting software in the future.
Donating to Newsvine Photographers
There are several ways to donate to Newsvine Photographers.
- PayPal to PayPal transfer. The email address attached to our PayPal account is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Credit card. Click the icon below to make a donation on your credit card.
- Newsvine earnings. You'll still need at least $25 to cash out but Newsvine earnings can be transferred directly to the Photographers PayPal account, just enter the group email address instead of your own. This method of donating is basically anonymous because it comes from 'MSNBC Interactive'.
There are not many details at this time but Picture Articles (picart) will be a collaborative group that works to create 'high quality' articles that promote productive discussions on current events, social issues and other important topics. The goal will be to 'push out' some of the crap that poses as "news" from the front page and provide informative content that uses both writing and photography to tell the story: "picture articles". Participants will utilize the GTM software and a private 'newsroom' group to cultivate ideas for content and, because it is often very difficult to self-edit and come up with compelling titles readers will click on, another private group will be used to peer-review articles prior to their publishing. GTM can also be used for peer-review.
Only requests to join the newsroom will be accepted at this time. Any content published here should relate to story pitches, photography/writing, and group meta. Excepting some seeds, content should be posted privately to the group and nowhere else (it does not remain private otherwise).
Although the project will utilize its resources, membership won't be relegated to NVP members. Writers, editors, topic 'experts', researchers, etc., are all welcome to join this venture and help cultivate higher quality content on Newsvine through these groups.
I will be happy to answer any questions and discuss suggestions below.