A letter from Carlos A. Moreno

OUR MISSION:
If you haven’t already heard the news or seen it through out the Bay Area, ten university students, including myself from San Jose State University, will be going on a ten day journalism project covering historic civil rights landmarks in the southern states of the U.S. starting from Memphis, Tenn. all the way to Washington D.C. to cover President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration (which ties into the coverage as a historic triumph for the African-American community and all Americans).

We have raised a large amount of money thanks to self-financing, multiple self-fundraising efforts by the students, SJSU professors, and by corporate sponsers which have donated not just cash but video and camera equipment for us to use on the trip. Multiple media outlets will be involved in ensuring that we will arrive there with all the needed essentials to collaborate coverage with them on this very important day, among them are The San Jose Mercury News, USA Today, CNN and more. We will be featured as “labtop correspondents” showcasing our coverage from the Deep South and D.C. with multimedia work, photographs and writing articles for The Spartan Daily (SJSU’s school newsaper) and the media outlets mentioned above.

Students each need to raise for the winter season at least $300-500 dollars in order for us to pay the costs for vans to caravan across the country. If you can donate something to this cause we would all greatly appreciate it – I know these are hard economic times, but we would like to let you know that this is for a good cause and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for empowering student voices, not only at SJSU, but through out all journalism programs in the country.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The group needs financial donations, but will also accept frequent flier miles, equipment, and vouchers for hotels. Contact: Amy Freitag at SJSU’s School of Journalism, 408-924-3241.

OR you can send your donation by mail at:
School of Journalism & Mass Communications
Amy Freitag – Office
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0055
Phone: 408-924-3240 / Fax: 408-924-3229

*All checks should be made out to the SJSU Research Foundation and given to Amy no later than Monday, January 5, 2009. If you could at least provide a minimum donation of $5-10 it would be greatly appreciated.

STORIES RELATED TO THE TRIP:
San Jose Mercury News – http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11179136?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

CBS 5 Bay Area – http://cbs5.com/local/civil.rights.tour.2.885585.html

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
If you have any more questions about this trip or where your money will go for this trip contact Dr. Michael Cheers, SJSU photojournalism professor and head coordinator of the trip at 408-391-5343 and at mcheers@casa.sjsu.edu.

Thanks for your contributions.

Sincerely,
– Carlos A. Moreno
FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER, NEW YORK TIMES
PHOTO EDITOR, SPARTAN DAILY
619-606-6447
pjcamera@gmail.com

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