by William Fisher
We’re delighted to announce that Rob Hart, award-winning photojournalist, educator and media industry figure, has become a member of the company’s board of advisors.
Rob is President of the Illinois Press Photographers Association, a faculty member at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and previously spent 12 years working for the Chicago Sun-Times Media. His popular blog – http://laidofffromthesuntimes.tumblr.com/ – recounts his life as a working photojournalist after the Chicago media group laid off its entire photography staff in 2013. The Chicago Journalist Association named him one its 2013 Journalists of the Year – along with his fellow former Sun-Times team members.
Rob is more than a great photographer: he’s a shining example of how journalistic talent can flourish in the midst of the ongoing upheaval that is challenging the media industry. It’s true that the Sun-Times layoffs became a national news item last year – it was even covered by Stephen Colbert. But the real story is how great photojournalists like Rob can successfully navigate change and succeed in finding new outlets for their work.
When I asked him what excited him about YuVue, he said: “The news business is changing and photojournalism must change with it. YuVue is using technology and innovation to create more opportunities for photographers and videographers, and I’m thrilled to be able to help.”
Rob will work with us on all aspects of product development. In particular, he’ll be guiding us in our nation-wide January Beta test, which begins right after we finish our Kickstarter campaign. Rob a leader in the profession and we’re honored to have him on the team.