Funding sought for Fil-Am community investigative reports

Posted at 06/09/14 10:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines - An online magazine for Filipinos in New York is seeking funding for an investigative report project that will explore issues facing the Filipino-American community.

The FilAm, founded by journalist Cristina DC Pastor, has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the investigative reporting project.

"After three years, THE FILAM would like to take its reporting to the next level... The topics are not limited to exposing problems and wrongdoings among community leaders and organizations, but will discuss in-depth serious topics that are current or of wide interest," Pastor said.

These topics include the plight of undocumented Filipinos in US immigration jails, and the financial viability of Filipino restaurants in the US.

The FilAm's Indiegogo campaign targets to raise $5,000 until July 21, 2014.

Pastor said the amount will support at least 3 to 4 years of continued investigative reporting at four articles a year. The reporter will receive a stipend of anywhere from $300 to $400 per completed report.

"As a publication owned by a working journalist, THE FILAM would like to initiate Investigative Reporting because of a need to bring heightened discussion of community issues. The reports will spotlight specific community concerns (eg. immigration, employment opportunities, health problems, generational conflicts) and examine some issues and possible solutions. I hope that our reporting in the past three years as a continuous online publication shows that THE FILAM has done something different and that you will support this plan to report stories with more depth and analysis," she said.

The FilAm is an independent publication which features mostly original content about Filipino-Americans in the arts and entertainment, business, education, fashion, food industry, health and politics.

To contribute, visit here.