For the past year, Noowah has kept me up at night. I would lie in bed imagining its future knowing that the idea was still unrealized. But unlike a dream, Noowah felt real.
It’s fascinating when an idea takes root in your head… spare moments become occupied with strategizing, and weekends are replaced with work. After months of trial and error, self-discovery and therapeutic sessions with other entrepreneurs, I am still determined to make Noowah the vision, a reality.
And it starts with this:
In September, I wrote about being accepted into UNITY’s NewU Entrepreneurship Fellowship, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. It was an eye-opening experience meeting other journalists of color who were pursuing their passion. It was inspiring to be among their company.
The second phase of the fellowship has begun, and the public will help decide who will be granted $10,000 in seed funding. One NewU founder in the AAJA, NAHJ and unaffiliated category will be awarded the grant. Noowah is listed under AAJA.
Here’s the one-minute video pitch I filmed at the workshop, but here’s my personal pitch:
Vote for the best idea you believe in.
Noowah is mine, and if I earn your vote, I will do my best to make Noowah happen. Not just because I want to, but because Noowah needs to be more than the blog it is today. Our mission is to help make the world a better place by making stories matter. We want to connect stories about social issues with nonprofits that share a similar cause, creating a community where people can do something about the stories they discover on the site. Noowah is more than a project, it’s a mission I believe in as a journalist, a storyteller and an individual.
I don’t know how this dream will end, but with your vote, your help, I can finally see it through.
Cast your vote here, and feel free to vote as many times as you’d like. The voting period ends midnight, January 3rd, 2012.
Thanks, and happy holidays.