Hello! My name is Natasha Brennan and I am a senior journalism major and photography minor at the University of La Verne, graduating in June 2019. At ULV, I have served as Editor in Chief of La Verne Magazine, Photography Editor for the Campus Times, President of the Society of Professional Journalists as well as various other positions on the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine. My ultimate career goal is to become a magazine feature writer photographing my own projects. I am interested in writing about Native American issues, mental health care and homelessness in America. To gain the experience and tools to get closer to reaching this dream, I have applied and been accepted to the University of Southern California's prestigious Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism’s graduate program.
In my final semester at ULV, I am enrolled in both the journalism and photography senior project courses. My projects both consist of highlighting the exciting culture of modern Native American tribes as well as the issues they face. For the journalism senior project, I will be creating a 32-40 page magazine with my own writing, photography and design. For the photography senior project, I will be creating a 12x12 inch, 40 page, hardcover photography book. The publication of these projects are what I am hoping to raise funds for!
The magazine will be 32-40 pages with photography spreads and articles covering local powwows, Native-owned businesses and organizations, history articles, photo spreads featuring artifacts, interviews with local tribes and tribal leaders as well as features on non-profit organizations focusing on substance abuse, mental illness and HIV/AIDS in the Los Angeles Indigenous community. The goal is to print at least 10 copies, costing between $20 to $30 per unit not including shipping. For the magazine project, I am looking to raise $350. The hope is to send the PDF of the project off to the printer by the last week of April. These copies will be donated to the tribes, organizations, museums and academic institutions who helped me in completing this project.
The photography book will be a 12x12 inch, 40 page, hardcover book covering the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians and the Kizh from pre-Mexican/European contact to their modern day work. I will be working with the Kizh and the Homestead Museum in conjunction with resources at the University of La Verne: the anthropology and history departments, the University Library and Archives, and the Jaeger House Cultural Collections. The goal is to print two copies, costing between $100 to $200 per unit not including shipping. One book must be given to the photography department for completion of the class. For the photography book project, I am looking to raise $450. The hope is to send the PDF of the project off to the printer by the last week of May.
If you are on the fence about donating to my project, please feel free to email me with any questions at email@example.com or visit my portfolio website natashabrennan.com .
I am eternally grateful to those who are generous enough to fund my project. To express this gratitude, any donations made will be listed in both the magazine and photography book. Donors who give $50 or more will receive a framed print of their favorite photo from the projects. Donors who give $100 or more will receive a copy of the magazine. (Please note that I will only be able to credit you with your donation if you donate via GoFundMe without a public profile).
Thank you for your time, consideration and support.