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Backpack Journalism, Religion and Climate Change

LIMA, Peru, 16 June 2017 — This morning’s view from my hotel window in the Peruvian capital where I arrived last night. I’m on assignment for American University’s (AU) Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). I’ll be heading for Huancayo tomorrow, and then to the glacier at Huaytapallana to make a short film […]

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Interviewing NYTimes Freelance Foreign Correspondent in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 May 2017 — During a March trip to Nogales, Mexico, I interviewed Ioan Grillo (R), a freelance foreign correspondent based in Mexico City who works with The New York Times and Time magazine. American University Graduate Teaching Assistant Matt Cipollone and I accompanied Grillo during much of his reporting trip for this […]

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Cubans Honor Fidel, Armed Forces

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cuban citizens carry posters of Fidel Castro as they march through the Plaza de la Revolucion during a march in honor of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. This was a quiet, even somber event. It took place only weeks after the death of Fidel Castro, […]

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6 Days to Save $200 on Backpack Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 November 2016 — Only six days left to save $200 on my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop. Registration for the event ends at midnight on Tuesday 22 November. That’s next week. For more details on the four-day event, click HERE. To register, click HERE. In addition to the $200 discount, you get a […]

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AU and “Backpack en Español”

WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2016 — American University is featuring an article about my “Backpack Documentary en Español” class, the first-ever Spanish-language class to be taught in the School of Communication. To read the article (in English), click HERE. And below is a bit of information from my syllabus: El primer curso impartido en español […]

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AU Backpack Filmmaker on Borneo’s Disappearing Forest

WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2016 — Kent Wagner is one of my “Backpack Documentary” students at American University’s (AU) School of Communication (SOC). He also is the winner of an AU/Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship. Kent was able to execute this project as a result, in part, of having won $2,500.00 that goes along with […]

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