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Juggling Journalism and Unemployment in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, 11 March 2017 — A juggling clown practices his craft for money from passersby at a busy intersection in the Mexican capital. Unemployment and underemployment have been nagging problems for Mexico since I’ve known the country, which is for the past 40 years. I returned to Mexico in March 2017 to shoot the […]

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Foreign Correspondence and Backpack Journalism

MEXICO CITY, 8 March 2017 — Gerardo Carrillo (L) is the founder of the Associated Press (AP) video unit in Mexico City. When I knew him while covering the conflicts raging through Central America in the 1980s, he was a freelance television cameraman. I caught up with Carrillo at a march protesting violence against women […]

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“Freelancers: The Open Road” and Where It Began

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 October 2017 — I’m working on the rough cut of my documentary, “Freelancers: The Open Road,” and can’t help but think of where it all began. It was 40 years ago that I finished course work in graduate school and went to Mexico for an internship at the Mexico City News, and […]

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Spanish-Language Course at AU School of Communication

WASHINGTON, DC, 20 October 2017 — I’m offering my “Backpack Documentary en Español” course — the first-ever, all-Spanish class offered by American University’s School of Communication — in Spring 2018. Registration for Spring semester begins next week. This is the second time I’m offering this course, which I’ve designed to help students engage and embrace […]

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Backpack Documentary en Español at American U.

WASHINGTON, DC, 10 October 2017 — I’ll be teaching my “Backpack Documentary en Español” course in spring 2018. It’s the first-ever, all-Spanish course taught in American University’s School of Communication (SOC). And it’s a measure of the SOC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. (Photo by Matt Cipollone)  

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Fire on the Mountain

HUAYTAPALLANA, Peru, 21 June 2017 – Peruvians gather on a ridge overlooking the glacier and lake below to celebrate the Andean New Year. In recent years the glacier has lost much of its mass, which scientists believe is the result of global climate change. The depletion of the ice means the depletion of an important […]

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