Today, we're starting something new with our friends at NPR. It's called Public Square.
Public radio is about you – the public – and your stories. Public Square is a chance for all of us to tell stories together through Instagram.
Each month, we'll ask you to share a story from your life or your community with a photo or video.
The inaugural theme for August is Hard Work.
America is built on hard work. This month, we want you to talk to someone with a thankless job and thank them.
Talk to the person who makes your burger, drives your bus, checks your luggage, cleans the street or delivers your mail.
Take their portrait, capture an image of them at work or take a video. Ask them their name and their story.
Write a short note about your subject in the caption and tag it #PSHardWork.
Here's where Public Square differs from other Instagram challenges. We're public radio, and we're all about storytelling. For this project, your caption is always just as important as the image above it.
We'll go through all the submissions and pick the best ones to feature on KPCC's AudioVision and NPR's The Picture Show.
To get things started, we asked some of our favorite Instagrammers to find people who do the hard work near them and send us their photos. You can follow them for great examples of how to tackle this project.
Photojournalist Ed Kashi, who travels the world for National Geographic and other publications, decided to photograph someone closer to home -- his neighbor Warren Green.
Green has been an auto mechanic in Montclair, N.J., for the past 42 years and Kashi says he's a local gem.
Remember video is welcome too. Here's an example by KPCC's Mae Ryan, shot at a the Custom Comfort Mattress factory in Orange, Calif.
- Please tag only one photo or video posted to Instagram from August 9th to 19th with #PSHardWork.
- Any image posted with the tag in the next 10 days is eligible to featured here on Instagram, KPCC's AudioVision and NPR's The Picture Show.