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Galapagos: It’s Over

ISABELA, Galapagos Islands — Our group of American University students, faculty and guides, pose for a group shot on the pier of Isabela island on the Galapagos, the last stop before heading to Quito and home. It was a great, unforgettable trip. Photo by Esther Gentile.

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The Next Island

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS — American University students race with their colleagues in the boat rising high on a wave in the not-so-distant background from Santa Cruz to Isabela on Thursday 21 May 2009.

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Midnight Candle

American University School of Communication (SOC) Professor Bill Gentile (that’s me with the black shirt) and School of International Service (SIS) Professor Simon Nicholson (far right) review material generated by students Lauren Demko and Jon Malis at a park on the main street of San Cristobal at nearly midnight. Photo by Esther Gentile.

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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…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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