On Journalist Daysha Eaton’s website Superstringer.com the tagline is “changing the world one story at a time.” She is after just that. This week Daysha applied for a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with a pitch to tell the story of how the Vietnamese are still suffering post Vietnam War. In her pitch she cites that “The International Campaign to Ban Landmines estimates that there have been nearly 34,000 deaths and more than 65,000 injuries in Vietnam since the war ended in 1975; the majority of deaths and injuries have been in Quang Tri Province.”
In January Daysha will be on the SalaamGarage team that will be visiting the Quang Tri Province to tell stories about how a war that happened 30+ years ago still endangers lives today. She also is working to heal some of the emotional wounds and answer some of the questions Americans, like her father who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after returning from Vietnam, still have.
Daysha is a new kind of journalist. She sees the crisis in journalism as “an opportunity for us to make journalism better — to try new approaches to our work and to ask ourselves what stories are most important to tell right now and why … as well as to think about how we might use new technologies to share those stories.”
To support her story’s campaign and the SalaamGarage scholarship fund go to ThePoint.com for Daysha Eaton’s fundraising page for the SalaamGarage January 2010 trip. The great thing about The Point campaigns is you are only charged for you donation if the pledges reach the goal. This way you know you are making the project happen! Check out The Point to get your own story told, or help us to build our SalaamGarage teams.