240: Storyhunter: The Talent Marketplace of 20,000 Freelance Video producers and Journalists Across 180 Countries
Storyhunter has more than 20,000 freelance video producers and journalists across 180 countries. With $4.2M in funding the talent marketplace is hitting the headlines for all the right reasons.
Storyhunter proudly counts four of the five largest news organizations and two of the three largest magazine publishers as clients. Other clients include, NBC, CNN International, Time, National Geographic, Discovery Digital, and The Weather Channel, as well as brands including Airbnb, Expedia, Zillow, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Custom Networks: Video producers can organize both new and existing freelancers into their own custom networks e.g. “360 shooters,” “African freelancers,” “Best editors,” and send group messages, or reach out to freelancers individually. So if CNN needs footage for a breaking news story in your area, they simply dial a creative who is on their books.
“Before Storyhunter, we either had to deploy a full team, which was very costly, or try to find a freelancer already on the ground, which was difficult and required a tedious on-boarding process,” said Geoffrey Dietrich, Executive Producer of AJ+. “With Storyhunter, it’s no longer about who we have on the ground, but rather what do we want to cover? The distributed network and the workflow tools have been a force multiplier for us.”
At least that’s my understanding, but to clear this question up and many more questions I invited Jaron Gilinsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Storyhunter onto the show.
Before founding the company, Jaron pioneered solo video journalism, producing hundreds of films for major media outlets. He was the first American independent video journalist to report from inside North Korea in 2005. Jaron’s team was the only one to film both the Israeli withdrawal and the subsequent takeover of the Gaza Strip by Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which led to the feature documentary, Disengagement. In 2012, he won an Overseas Press Club award in Online Commentary for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution for the New York Times.