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American Dream

An invitation!


News 21 ( is a consortium of top journalism schools - UC Berkeley, Columbia, Northwestern and USC, plus Harvard's Kennedy School of Government - which is funded by the Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Our distributing partner is National Public Radio. Our work will appear in August on our website at, and it will also be featured content on NPR's main website.


The consortium's project this year is the 2008 presidential election, and our Berkeley reporters are doing a package of stories on the American Dream, from both domestic and international perspectives. In addition to adhering to the highest standards of traditional journalism, our project is also stressing journalistic innovation -- ways in which we expand the sources of our reporting.


That's where Flickr comes in. We are extending an invitation to you to show us what America, and the American Dream, looks like to you.


We don't have any preconceptions about what those images should be. They could be iconic -- the arch in St. Louis, say, or Mount Rushmore -- or they could be highly individual, with a very personal point of view.


So we'd love it if you submitted your photos to the News 21 / American Dream pool. Please include the tag NEWS21 on all your photos, and it would be great if you'd geotag them, as well. We'll eventually select several dozen photos to be included in the project.


Thanks so much for your help, and I hope we can have some fun!


(This picture, from the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco, was originally posted in April, 2007.)

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Taken on April 7, 2007