WASHINGTON, 15 January 2010 — I conducted a one-day Backpack Journalismâ„¢ Workshop for Russian journalists visiting the United States on a multi-city tour funded by the U.S. State Department.
For their shooting exercise, I had them visit a shoe repair shop run by its Dominican-Puerto Rican-American owner, and a barber shop run by its Italian-American owner. Both businesses are located near Dupont Circle, one of the cultural cores of the city.
Above, one of the visitors shoots video of me inside the conference room where we held the event as two interpreters look on. (Photo by Esther M. Gentile.)
WASHINGTON, 12 January 2009 — American University (AU) Distinguished Journalist in Residence Nick Clooney (l) and NBC anchor Brian Williams banter during a presentation at the Newseum.
Also during the event, AU School of Communication (SOC) Dean Larry Kirkman announced a multifaceted partnership between the SOC and NBC News, including a Backpack Journalismâ„¢ Workshop at NBC’s Washington bureau on March 11-14.
WASHINGTON, 7 January 2010 — At the request of a colleague from American University, I gave a presentation today at the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair, in Washington, DC.
I focused the presentation on media and the military, as the attendees are representatives of armed forces from Latin America and the Caribbean. (I gave the presentation in Spanish.) And I took the opportunity to discuss backpack journalismâ„¢ and how that model is so appropriate for covering police and military operations.
I showed my film, “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War,” aired by NOW on PBS, as an example of the model. With the hand-held digital cameras that are the signature of backpack journalismâ„¢, we can cover fast-moving military operations and not hinder the forces we are covering.
Above on left, I discuss the presentation with some of the attendees. (Photo by Darrell Hayes.)