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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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$200 Off Backpack Workshop!

WASHINGTON, DC, 14 November 2016 — This is what you save at the the Backpack Video Workshop on December 8-11. That’s right. You get a $200 discount. At a time when global storytelling is accessible to anyone with a cell phone and access to the Internet, the ability to speak the visual storytelling language is […]

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2 Weeks for Backpack Registration

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 November 2016 — Registration for my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop ends at midnight on Tuesday 22 November. The four-day event is scheduled for Thursday 8 December through Sunday 11 December in Washington, DC. (Photo by David Estrada Larrañeta/FNPI) As promised, here is what you can expect to see on Day 4 of […]

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It’s Your Skills. Not Your Gear.

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 November 2016 — This is where we are today. As I did just last year in the Ecuadoran Amazon, we can now use cell phones to make high-definition documentaries with an absolute minimum of gear. (To see the film I made with an iPhone in the Amazon, click HERE.) The key is […]

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Backpacking to Coffeeland

LA FLORIDA, Colombia, 23 June 2016 — A local bee keeper and visiting members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) get smoked up in their protective suits before visiting some local bee hives. The bees are cultivated as a means of diversification in the face of increasing impacts of climate change on coffee production. The bees […]

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COMING: Field Manual 2nd Edition

CHICAGO, 3 June 2016 – I’m delighted to report that I’m working on the 2nd Edition of my Essential Video Journalism Field Manual. This image of the front and back covers is a work in progress. I shot the photo on this edition’s front cover in 2015 while on assignment in the Ecuadoran Amazon for American […]

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