Visual Editors, NFP

Promoting excellence in visual journalism

aka Visual Editors, NFP   |   BARTLETT, IL   |  http://visualeditors.com

Mission

Visual Editors, NFP supports visual journalism literacy and student and professional scholarship with educational opportunities and resources. Partners with journalism foundations, universities and organizations to produce projects that raise professional standards and help make visual journalism practices transparent to lay people. - Visual Editors built the first social network for visual journalists to share feedback about their work. - Produced multimedia journalism workshops in Chicago, Toronto Florida, London and Berlin. - Launched the Mobile Journalism Awards in 2019 with a global coalition of journalism organizations. - The non-profit seeks grants, donors and fundraising events to recognize and award students with visual journalism scholarships. Visual Editor is a 501(c)(3)

Ruling year info

2019

Chair, Mobile Journalism Awards

Robert B Montgomery

Main address

956 S. Bartlett Rd. Room 122

BARTLETT, IL 60103 USA

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EIN

34-2015808

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Mobile Journalism Awards produced by Visual Editors, NFP recognizes the best video reporting, documentary film, photojournalism, and audio reporting being produced with smartphones and small pocket cameras. There is no similar editor competition that does this. By raising the standards for mobile journalism and hosting film screenings, journalists can show the impact of non-fiction storytelling. This competition is designed to help journalists get their work seen by new audiences and help them build portfolios and skills that can improve their reporting and local impact. Funding the Mobile Journalism Awards will allow the Visual Editors non-profit to be able to award student winners with scholarship grants, produce the film screeners for cinema projection, and convene workshops about mobile journalism ethics at screening events. We also will produce an archive that preserves each year’s results, judges notes and winners behind the scenes stories as a resource for educators.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards recognizes the best video reporting, documentary film, photojournalism, and audio reporting being produced with smartphones and small pocket cameras.

By raising the standards for mobile journalism and hosting public screenings, journalists can show the impact of non-fiction storytelling. There is no similar editorial awards program for mobile journalism.

This competition is designed to help journalists get their work seen by new audiences and help them build portfolios and skills that can improve their reporting and local impact.
We have assembled a global coalition of volunteer partners to build the competition.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of this project is to build and grow Mobile Journalism Scholarship.

• With an annual competition and film screenings around the globe.
• With a permanent archive that collects the best of mobile journalism from the judging results.
• To identify top student talent and award them scholarship grants.
• Draft a code of ethics for Mobile Journalism.

https://www.visualeditors.com/mobile-journalism-awards/

Visual Editors, NFP has assembled a global partnership to build the competition.

They include the directors of:

USA
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism — Ohio University
School of Film — Ohio University
Fort Meyers Film Festival
Chicago Film Critics Association

LONDON
Journalism co.uk

PARIS
EFJ School of New Journalism
Global Editors Network

CAIRO
School of Journalism, The American University

BUENOS AIRES
Latin America Mobile Journalism Congress

The next phase is to attract suitable donors who can support this annual competition.

Funding the Mobile Journalism Awards will allow the Visual Editors non-profit to be able to award student winners with scholarship grants, produce the film screeners for cinema projection, and convene workshops about mobile journalism ethics at screening events. We also will produce an archive that preserves each year’s results, judges notes and winners behind the scenes stories as a resource for educators.


With funding we can achieve the goals for this project at a level that brings professionalism to the craft of mobile journalism. With each of the partners, we can coordinate workshops that celebrate the best practices and drive discussions for drafting a code of ethics for Mobile Journalism.

We have demonstrated that we can build a coalition of top partners to produce the competition and screen the winners work in multiple locations. We will take a similar approach to build a coalition of donors who will pledge their support.

We have a draft budget (under $50,000 USD) that we believe will help us produce the deliverables and start to build the capacity of the non-profit at the same time.

There is no paid staff at Visual Editors as all of the people and organizations are contributing to the non-profit's project are doing so on a pro-bono basis. This means that the money raised will all go to support these program goals.

We think our lean management approach will work to make this a success as we have used it for previous, successful projects over the years. The social learning network project we launched in 2004 provided us with a framework for us to launch low-cost multimedia reporting training workshops in Toronto, Chicago, London, Orlando and Berlin in the years that followed. We exist to fill gaps and wish to remain nimble and stable with our leadership in order to remain responsive to new opportunities to serve.

We have ensured that all all of the non-profit's paperwork, government filings, legal, leadership, and financial apparatus are up-to-date.

We have built the call for entries at Film Freeway

We have built a basic Web Site.

We have written a draft budget.

We have started to make applications to donors.

We have been contacted by manufacturers of mobile journalism equipment to be prize sponsors (Shure, Shoulderpod, Insta360)

We have formed a high-powered competition committee to host local screenings, nominate judges and advise on rules and categories.

Committee members:
USA
Robert Stewart Ph.D, Director, School of Journalism, Ohio University
Steven Ross, Director, School of Film, Ohio University
Robb Montgomery, CEO, Visual Editors non-profit

LONDON
Marcella Kunova, Editor-in-Chief, Journalism Co.UK
UNIVERSITY PARTNER (to be named later)
Marta Machado Gooder, Senior Development Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation (Official announcement pending)

PARIS
Jacques Rosselin, Director, EFJ School of New Journalism

CAIRO
Firas Al-Atraqchi, Chair, Journalism and Mass Communication, The American University in Cairo
Naila Hamdy, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research, School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, The American University in Cairo

BUENOS AIRES
Cecilia Miljiker, Co-founder, Mobile Journalism Congress Latin America

ATHENS
Bertrand Pecquerie, CEO, Global Editors Network

BONN
Wilfried Runde, Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle
Jochen Spangenberg, Innovation Manager, Deutsche Welle

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Visual Editors, NFP

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Peter Montgomery

Physician

Dr. Peter S Montgomery

Physician

Jon A Montgomery

Treasurer

Robert B Montgomery

Secretary