Creator of StreetMusicMap Lands 2017 CUNY Scholarship

The power of Instagram and a good idea.

Meet freelance Brazilian journalist Daniel Bacchieri. Using Instagram as his song sheet, he started chronicling the myriad of street musicians around the globe. Here’s his most recent post, at press time.

The project is self-funded. However, that will hopefully soon change. Per a great write-up on the Knight Foundation-University of Texas at Austin blog, the São Paulo-based content creator is one of two recipients selected for endowed participation in the 2017 “Entrepreneurship in Journalism” program at the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). From the article:

“I’m going to receive feedback from colleagues, teachers and U.S. startups, and exchange experiences in this environment of the university and of new businesses. I think I will enjoy this professional and cultural exchange a lot,” he said.

Bacchieri, who graduated with a journalism degree in 1999, stressed the importance of having management and business knowledge.

“At the time, we were trained to be an employee of large corporations, a reporter, editor or producers. That is, a cog in the wheel. But the crisis has affected everyone, even large groups. So the journalist of today needs to look for alternatives and often has to become the commander of the ship. It does not have to be a ship, it can be a small boat and you can navigate,” he said.

Bacchieri was first sparked to the idea of StreetMusicMap while traveling in 2014 in the Ukraine. The Knight Center post by fellow São Paulo journalist Marina Estarque has tons more information about the evolution of the project.

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