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Forgotten

February 23, 2018

 

The British-Irish freelancer Iona Craig has just won the Polk Award, one of journalism’s most prestigious acknowledgements.   For years Craig has covered Yemen which is, according to the Poynter Instituteone of the most godforsaken places on earth: A beautiful land, where early coffee cultivation began, riven by cholera and a devastating proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s a war in which U.S. weaponry and ordnance is helping flatten the country, 

Poynter praised Craig’s determined,

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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens


The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.

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Dark Days

February 2, 2018

With light from Round Earth

The International Reporting Project just shut down. For 20 years IRP was a premier independent non-profit funding international journalism. 651 IRP-funded journalists have reported from 115 countries, producing important, under-covered stories mostly from the developing world.  No official reason was given for the decision but it’s reported that IRP was out of money.  The community of international journalists — mostly freelancers these days — is devastated by this loss with many journalists saying IRP is where they were able to get funding for some of their most important work.

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The Post

January 26, 2018

Have you seen the movie (click the image above for the trailer)?  The Post isn’t perfect (it’s a movie, after all) but it does a terrific job of advocating for a free press.  Brave journalists doing their jobs, willing to risk money and access.  After you’ve seen the movie, and if you want more — especially about Daniel Ellsberg:

HERE’s a recent interview with Ellsberg on NPR’s Fresh Air.  This guy —

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What’s Changed

January 19, 2018

 

A 2014 Pew study found that the number of foreign correspondents working for American newspapers dropped by almost a quarter in 10 years. The same study estimated that network coverage of foreign news in 2013 was less than half of what it was in the late 1980s.

And those numbers predate the presidential election in 2016, when American coverage became even more internally focused. According to a study by Harvard University in 2017, 41 percent of news stories in American media during U.S.

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Don’t Blame Fake News

January 12, 2018

Blame the mainstream media

That’s the conclusion of a new study by two economists, Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow.  From a fascinating and important article in a recent edition of the  Columbia Journalism Review (CJR):[The researchers] found roughly four times as many Clinton-related sentences that described scandals as opposed to policies, whereas Trump-related sentences were one-and-a-half times as likely to be about policy as scandal. Given the sheer number of scandals in which Trump was implicated—sexual assault;

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Courage

December 15, 2017

Journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen were honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as imprisonment, threats, and exile. — Committee to Protect Journalists

Thai reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, faces sedition charges for his critical reporting on Thailand’s junta.

Ahmed Abba, a Cameroon correspondent for Radio France Internationale, has been imprisoned since 2015 on terrorism charges for his reporting.

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Glimpse Life in South Africa

December 8, 2017


From university protests against tuition costs to the popularity of indigenous plants instead of water intensive lawns, reporting from students on our study abroad journalism program in South Africa provides an amazing glimpse into life in this fascinating country.  Here’s a sample of our stories as they reached huge audiences in the South Africa. Happy reading and look for the students’ major feature stories in US outlets coming soon.

Capetown Residents Digging Up their Lawns

Protesting UCT Students Won’t Back Down

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

That Parking Lot was my Home

Give Time not Money to Charity

Lucrative Deals Flooding into the Western Cape

Funeral Parlors Operate Illegally

Sex Education Video Targets Teens

What Bird Flu has to do with the Price of Eggs

Police Net Abalone Smugglers

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Projects with Legs

December 1, 2017


When we partnered Francisco Rodriguez (left) and Giovanna Dell’Orto  (center) on our Migration Reporting Project in Guatemala a few years ago,  it was only the beginning.

Francisco and Giovanna have kept in touch and, earlier this month, Giovanna hosted a conference in Minneapolis (flyer), which brought together journalists covering refugees and migration from all over the world. Of course, she invited Francisco, which gave me the chance to finally meet him in person.  We reflected upon the way in which our project changed his thinking about journalism.

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Inspiration

November 24, 2017

Over the years, I’ve been inspired by many great journalists.  But my first inspiration was probably Lillian Ross, who died recently at the age of 99.  According to a piece in The New Yorker (where Ross was a staff writer since 1945), “her 1950 Profile of Ernest Hemingway was written like a short story, and her five-part article about the director John Huston and the making of “The Red Badge of Courage,” published in 1952, set a new standard in magazine writing for inventiveness and literary verve…The finest reporters,

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