Backpack Journalist Visits Photojournalism Class

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 October 2010 – I was pleased but not surprised. Not even when she dropped me e-mail messages or phoned from places like Kabul or Kashmir. I became accustomed to it. To her success, that is. I knew Rebecca Byerly would be successful the first time I met her. She came to my […]

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Former Student Corresponds From “Most Dangerous Country”

WASHINGTON, 3 October 2010 — It’s not every day that a university professor sees his student’s work in The New York Times. But that’s exactly what happened recently when I ran across a piece by Shaheryar Mirza, a former student in my Foreign Correspondence class. Shaheryar was kind enough to answer a number of my […]

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NPPA Magazine Features American University’s Backpack Journalism Project

WASHINGTON, DC, 1 September 2010 — Here’s how Donald R. Winslow starts out his piece in the latest edition of “News Photographer,” the official magazine of the National Press Photographers Association and arguably the most important magazine dealing with our craft: OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS AT American University in Washington, DC, some of its […]

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American University Backpack Journalist Heads to Jerusalem for Internship With Associated Press (AP)

WASHINGTON, 25 May 2010 — American University graduate student Maria Howell, this year’s recipient of the Associated Press/American University Backpack Journalism Foreign Internship, on Tuesday accepts my $500 contribution for her trip overseas. Maria plans to use the $500, plus another $500 contributed by School of Communication Dean Larry Kirkman, during her internship with the […]

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WASHINGTON, 1 April 2010 — American University’s School of Communication has launched The Backpack Journalism Project. See

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American University Launches The Backpack Journalism Project

WASHINGTON, 1 April 2010 — American University’s School of Communication today launches The Backpack Journalism Project, a major endeavor to define, to teach and to promote the methodology of a single, properly trained professional using a hand-held digital camera to achieve a more immediate, more intimate visual communication than possible with a large camera and […]

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