Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
“We’re excited to participate in this incredibly unique opportunity. Matt is genuinely trying to make a difference, and we’re extremely proud to assist in his efforts to bring more visibility to Libya while it undergoes a massive transition,” said Kevin Davis, co-founder. “We’ve been building a powerful platform to help people share their stories and this is a great example of our vision being put into practice.”
Rawporter will have a page (http://rawporter.com/pm/matthewvandyke) dedicated to Mr. VanDyke’s videos and photos that anyone can view or purchase. Any proceeds from video and photo sales will be donated to a fund for the family of a journalist killed while reporting in a conflict zone. Additionally, Rawporter will be subsidizing a portion of Mr. VanDyke’s expenses so that he can focus on his mission and worry less about logistics. Mr. VanDyke will attempt to make himself available to respond to assignments if possible but wants to reinforce that there will be significant limitations on his time.
“Citizen journalism played a key role in the Libyan civil war. The videos captured by Libyans in the early days of the revolution were broadcast through the internet and helped mobilize international support for the war. I believe that Rawporter is an innovative company that will facilitate the dissemination of Arab Spring footage from Libya, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain and elsewhere. Their technology will also assist in the broadcast of revolutionary footage from beyond the Arab world that is essential to attracting the attention of the international community to support struggles for freedom worldwide. My partnership with Rawporter is another opportunity for me to contribute to the cause of freedom, as well as another cause I care deeply about - journalism and freedom of the press. I hope that my participation can help expand Rawporter’s market and give another way for the voices of the oppressed to be heard,” said Matt VanDyke.
Rawporter (in beta) is a free camera app available on iOS and Android that also allows users to upload online. In addition to the normal camera features, like video, flash, and the ability to post to social networks, the Rawporter app can also communicate with users through location-based messaging. These “assignments” can tell you what the media is looking for and what they are willing to pay for the footage.
You can download the free beta app in the iTunes store or Google Play market. Photos and videos can be uploaded and purchased directly from the Rawporter website: http://www.rawporter.com
About Matthew VanDyke
Matthew VanDyke is an American freedom fighter and documentary filmmaker. He gained notoriety during the 2011 Libyan civil war as a freedom fighter and prisoner of war (POW). As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, VanDyke traveled throughout North Africa and the Middle East by motorcycle from 2007–2011. His experiences and observations during these four years led him to join the 2011 Libyan civil war as a rebel fighter. VanDyke has publicly announced his support of revolutions in the Arab world, and stated his intention to assist them using a variety of means, including participating as an armed combatant.
Additional information is available at http://www.matthewvandyke.com
Rawporter is based out of Charlotte, NC and is currently in public beta. Rawporter turns everyday people into an army of cameras on-location and on-demand, dramatically lowering the cost for media partners, large and small, to source video and photo content. In exchange for their videos and photos, the “Rawporters” get the cash and credit they deserve for simply putting their smartphones to work. Company information is available at http://Rawporter.com