Today, we’re starting something new with our friends at KPCC in Los Angeles: A community storytelling project through @Instagram. We’re calling it Public Square.

Each month will have a theme and hashtag. We’ll ask you to share a glimpse of your life — but beyond that, to tell us stories.

First Assignment: Hard Work (#PShardwork)

Find someone with a thankless job and thank them. The person who makes your burger, checks your luggage, wires your street lights, edits your writing, engineers the car you drive. 

Take their portrait or capture them at work. Get all the info — name, age, story — put it all in the caption, and tag it #PSHardWork

How Public Square Differs:

We’re public media, and storytelling is in our DNA. For this project, we want more than just a photo. Your words are equally important.

Ground Rules:

Please tag only one photo with #PSHardWork on Instagram between now and Monday, August 19th 

Any image tagged before that date is eligible to be featured on Instagram, KPCC’s AudioVision and NPR’s Picture Show

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(photos by Sheldon Serkin/@shelserkin, Michael Baranovic/@mishobaranovic and John Poole/NPR/@johnwpoole)