Fmr. NYT Staffer Begs for Cash for Film

Who says being a NYT staffer who got laid off in the 2009 cuts won’t get you someplace?

Adam Chadwick wrote late last night with an unusual pitch: “I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know about “Fit to Print” – a feature-length documentary on the U.S. newspaper industry crisis and the changing dynamics of investigative reporting.This is an independent film that I have been working on for the past three years. It examines newspapers all across the U.S. and the threat to local watchdog reporting as staffs and resources are cut. This film is being made on a shoestring budget by myself and other former newspaper staffers, hoping to give voice to the thousands of newsroom employees laid-off over the past several years, while also examining the light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.”

Key words: “shoestring budget.” Chadwick needs cash. He has 22 days to reach a $10,000 goal. To entice potential investors he has offered a promo clip that includes NYT’s David Barstow, WaPo’s Bob Kaiser, and Laura Frank from the now defunct Rocky Mountain News and “other great newspaper folks from across the country.” Chadwick says they did a lot of filming at the Washington Post.

While most publicists for such a film would throw out a lot of formalities and hound reporters, not Chadwick. He writes humbly, “Full disclosure: I SUCK at anything promotional related for a film. But we’re trying to raise completion funds right now and I was hoping you could help us spread word on the film.”

Watch the promo. It’s well worth a look.

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