Inspired by the ‘We Are The 99 Percent’ Tumblr, Emily Nipps, a reporter from the St. Petersburg Times has created ‘We Are Journalists’, a collaborative Tumblr where journalists that are “tired of bad press about the press” can tell their stories. Journalists from around the world are coming together to submit photographs and stories and ask for respect.
The ‘We Are Journalists’ Tumblr description reads as follows:
“We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press. We are trying to be ‘team players.’ We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts. We would like to produce quality work without ‘obamasux99’ posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it. We complain because we want things to be better. We would like some respect, plz. We are journalists.”
Nipps launched the Tumblr at the beginning of November and it has taken off as journalists hop on board to tell their stories. The Daily Dot caught up with Nipps last month and she explained that she started the Tumblr for her 10-year anniversary with the St. Petersburg Times. She said, “As journalists, we spend so much time letting others tell their stories, I think it’s a nice release for us to finally tell our own.”
Apparently the blog began as a post on Nipps’ Facebook wall, inspired by images of the 99% protesters. She posted a picture of herself sitting at a typewriter with a caption about what her life is like, as a journalist. Friends inspired her to turn it into a series and the picture and caption became the first post on the ‘We Are Journalists’ Tumblr.
Nipps told the Daily Dot that the similarity between the design of her Tumblr and the ‘We Are The 99 Percent’ tumbler is deliberate. “I wanted people to ‘get it’ right away. I also thought it was a nice counter to criticism journalists have gotten from the Occupy Wall Streeters. I understand they’re not happy with some of the coverage. But they need to understand that we’re not as elitist as the perception seems to be.”
Check out Nipps’ Tumblr at wearejournalists.tumblr.com and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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