Teaching El Salvador’s Future Journalists

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 17 September 2014 — I conducted a presentation at the US Embassy for a group of young Salvadorans who belong to the Glasswing Journalism Club. We discussed “citizen journalism” and how members could address their issues by using smart phones and the Internet. What a fascinating group of young people with […]

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Promoting Journalism and Democracy

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 16 September 2014 — Met this morning with reporters from Diario El Mundo newspaper and showed them my film, “The Gangs,” that I made last year in Guatemala. Both countries suffer from the presence of urban gangs, so the journalists here could relate to the piece. I’m here this week on […]

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Express Yourself, Engage Others, With Video

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, 7 August 2014 — Digital cameras (in this case an iPhone) and the Internet now grant us the opportunity to express ourselves and to engage others as never before. For the first time in human history we can communicate instantly, globally and in a language, the visual language, that is understandable by all […]

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Ticket and Tool. Stories With Video.

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, 7 August 2014 — At some point in my mid-20s I figured out that the field of communication could equip me with “a ticket and a tool.” A ticket in that I could travel beyond the region of my birth in southwest Pennsylvania, to other parts of the world. A tool in that […]

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$100 Refund for October 2-5, 2014 Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 6 September 2014 — Get a $100 refund when you join us at the October 2-5, 2014 Video Workshop in Washington, DC. Learn to “Raise Your Voice!” by making powerful videos during this four-day, total immersion into the visual storytelling craft — and save $100 while you’re at it. For more information, click […]

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From, “Born From Blood:” Best Stuff First

KIGALI, Rwanda, 26 July 2014 — I’ve learned to put the best material first in the films I make. Studies show that we have a limited time — just seconds, really — to engage an audience either intellectually or emotionally. If we don’t “hook” them in that brief time period, we lose them. I’m making […]

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