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Almost There: Manual en Español

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 August 2016 — I’m delighted to announce that the Spanish-language version of my acclaimed “Essential Video Journalism Field Manual” is nearly ready for release. The “Bill Gentile Manual Esencial de Producción Video Periodismo” is in the final stages of review and should be available at Amazon.com by next week. Translated by my […]

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Catholics, Coffee and Colombia

VILLA LOYOLA, Chachagui, Colombia, 1 July 2016 — On our last working day in Colombia, Camila DeChalus interviews Jesuit priest Father Joe at the coffee plantation known as Villa Loyola. Fr. Joe is renowned for his work with the poor in this coffee-producing region of Colombia. We came to call Villa Loyola “the laboratory” of […]

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Colombia Context: Civil War

PASTO, Colombia, 30 June 2016 — My student and I made a brief trip to “Hogar de Paso,” or “Place of Passing,” today. It’s a half-way house on the outskirts of Pasto, funded by the city mayor’s office and operated by the “Pastoral Social,” a branch of the local Catholic church. The facility currently houses […]

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Catholics, Climate, Coffee

LA FLORIDA, Colombia, 27 June 2016 — Coffee is everywhere in the community of La Florida, about an hour drive from Pasto. This is the peak of the coffee harvest in this part of the country. You can see coffee drying on main streets of towns and villages, on the front and back yards of […]

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Religion, Climate, Colombia Church

PASTO, Colombia, 26 June 2016 — This city prides itself in its deep religiosity, calling Pasto the most Catholic city in the province of Nariño — if not in all of Colombia. And the church here seems to wield significant influence on daily life. I’m on assignment for American University’s Center for Latin American and […]

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Backpacking on the Day of Peace

EL TAMBO, Colombia, 23 June 2016 — I felt a sense of urgency to get these images up online. Perhaps because Hector Zamudio, a coffee grower whom I met today, is 84 years old and, though he most likely has no access to the internet, I needed to show them while he still is with […]

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