Free websites for early stage journalists from historically excluded backgrounds.
The Sunshower Project aims to help early stage journalists have an easily accessible, good website that they can use to establish a professional identity and advance their careers.
Participants will get a free basic website with sections to tell their personal story, biography, work experience and share clips with links or even reels. The hosting is covered as part of the project. Currently, Impact TK will commit to one year of hosting as a starting point, with the option to extend.
It's nice to own your name as a URL, so Impact TK will purchase the participant's name as a URL for the project. If you have a common name, or one that is already taken, we will work to find a suitable alternative. Since Impact TK doesn't need to own your name as a URL, it will be transferred to you to use as you wish.
This originally started as a project aimed at job seekers. Job hunting takes up a lot of time, but so does any new job in the early days of your career. Because of this, Impact TK will provide free website updates for one year, with an option to extend.
These websites are built using Carrd, a single page website builder. If you have a Carrd account and you prefer to manage your own updates, we can set that up.
The goal of this project is to help people get good jobs that fit their goals. One reason to have a website is to have a portfolio or digital space that hiring managers can see.
But learning Squarespace or other services can be a pain. And it usually costs money to get rid of their branding.
Having a space to tell your story, in your own voice is important in today's job market. The Sunshower Project wants to make it a little less hassle for you while you try to land your next job.
This project was inspired by Kim Bui, who tweeted this:
100% free. Recipients get a basic website and their name as a .com URL. If their name is common or already owned by someone else, we will work to figure out an alternative.
It's a nice, but not overly fancy website. Websites are built on Carrd, a one-page site builder. Right now, websites can include name, biography, education, work experience with links to clips. If you want to tweak colors or fonts on a template, we can work that out.
Optional features a section to feature special skills or projects participants are proud of. There are also options to use a contact form or add an email address, so people can get in touch.
More formally, people who are part of protected classes for employment discrimination. In more direct terms: I'm a straight white man. If you are also a straight white man, The Sunshower Project is currently focusing on other people.
Priority is given to non-white people and LGBTQ+ people.
Age discrimination is real. If you are 50 or over, please reach out.
In general, 0-5 years of experience working in newsroom or freelancing for newsrooms. That's not a hard line, so if you've worked 5.5 or 6 and otherwise think you are a fit and could use the help, please reach out.
If you are 50 or over, you do not need to be early in your career.
The catch is this is a free website. It will be a good free website, on a domain the participant owns, without any additional branding or logos. Each website has a copyright line in the participant's name. It's their website.
Will it be top-of-the-line fancy? No. Will it sometimes take a week to get some updates done? From time-to-time, yes.