Sea lions, turtles and film makers

Below, American University students work on their film as a sea lion sleeps in the foreground at San Cristobal island in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Above, Danny Ledonne films giant turtles on Santa Cruz island as teammate Suzanne Taylor looks on.

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Determination Is King

I’ve been deeply impressed by the students’ tenacity in going after these stories. With very few exceptions, they’ve been relentless about pursuing the material they need to put their projects together. Two members of one group have gotten up every morning to shoot time-lapsed clips of the sunrise – and they’ve waited out every sunset […]

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Backpack Journalism. A Definition.

It occurs to me, particularly after much talk about the subject and my most recent blog, that a definition of “backpack journalism” may be in order. So, backpack journalism is the craft of one properly trained professional using a hand-held digital camera to tell stories in a more immediate, more intimate fashion than is achievable […]

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Backpack Journalism…or Not

It’s not exactly backpack journalism. But our students are learning how to tell stories on the run with hand-held digital cameras, which is a key component of backpack journalism. The 24 students are broken down into four groups of six. The film making responsibilities are distributed among them. The kind of material they’re looking for […]

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Wind Power on Galapagos Island

These American University students are working on a series of documentaries about alternative power sources in the Galapagos. Here, on San Cristobal, they shoot one segment about wind power.

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Allan Baer and SolarQuest

We’ve been fortunate to have hooked up with Allan Baer, one of the founders of SolarQuest, a company that substitutes alternative energy sources for environmentally UN-friendly systems. Actually, it was MacKenzie O’Donnell, one of the AU students on this trip, who met Allan after one of his alternative-energy presentations in Washington, DC, and then got […]

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