Community Visual Journalism Site Launched

Taking a cue from David Hobby, aka @Strobist, and his community visual journalism site HoCo360, today I launched a LaneCounty360 in the same paradigm as David’s philosophy for covering his area of Howard County in Maryland.

LaneCounty360 will cover my home area of Lane County, Oregon.  After struggling with various limiting layout options from Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress free hosting, I elected to get the domain name and self host on WordPress.  The site is elegant and simple.  No fancy banner ads or effects, just a curation of moments in time with possible captions to describe a moment from around the Lane County Oregon area.

For those local followers, I hope to have your support in developing a following and if you have any local story ideas that are unique, please shoot me an email via the Tip Us page or you can also follow via twitter at @LaneCounty360.

My deepest thanks to David Hobby for helping me find a compass point.

Eliane Laffont

in this brave new world, photojournalists need to reinvent themselves, need to understand how the public consumes images and identify new revenue streams that will allow them to produce the important stories that have become increasingly scarce in the mainstream media.

Elaine Laffont

These are difficult times. But no, photojournalism has not spoken its last words yet. The bottom line is this: As long as photojournalists believe in photojournalism, there is hope.

Vive le photojournalisme!

Ami Vitale – Photojournalist

I believe objectivity is an illusion but I also believe that there are a multitude of viewpoints and that no one “Truth” exists. I believe that unless we understand and give voice to these perspectives, reason remains veiled. Ignorance in each other’s stories leads us to assume we know them. It allows us to maintain perceptions of differences based on our own pre-conceived notions.