This is an interesting idea – CatchLight Local is coordinating three, three-month long visual fellowships in the San Francisco area for later this year. The fellows will partner with local newsrooms to help show the story of the community. (Application info and more details available at the link.)
Research has shown that visual journalists have been eliminated from newsrooms at a higher rate over the last decade – at a time when journalism and its associated platforms have gotten significantly more visual. You can do a lot of good in three months, but what happens after that? Will Bay Area newsrooms see the light and keep those visual journalists on full-time?