Future Backpack Journalists?

SILVER SPRING, MD, 21 September 2010 — Rachel Ellis, a student in my “Photojournalism and Social Documentary” class at American University’s School of Communication, aims her camera during a field trip to the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD. Another student, Sareen Hairabedian, is in the background. I teach photojournalism as either […]

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Essential QuickTip #2: Don’t Just Stand There

WASHINGTON, DC, 17 September 2010 — I see backpack journalists standing flat-footed with their feet splayed out in the general direction of their subjects and it makes me cringe. A strong wind could blow them over, much less somebody not paying attention and who just happens to bump into them or, worse, somebody who wants […]

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Backpack Journalism: What It Takes

WASHINGTON, 14 September 2010 — Now that we’ve defined backpack journalism, again, the next question might be, “So what does it take to be a backpack journalist?” Here are the requirements, not necessarily in order of importance. I’ve blogged about this before, and have somewhat altered what I believe is “the right stuff” of backpack […]

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Extreme Weather Bag Nearly Complete

NEWINGTON, VA, 9 September 2010 — I stopped by the offices of Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) last week to check on the Bill Gentile Extreme Weather Bag that I’m designing in conjunction with CEI engineers and executives. In the picture above, CEI Executive Vice President John Wesley Nash (R) looks on as I test the […]

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When Photojournalists Become Backpack Journalists

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 September 2010 — I participated in a conversation with bloggers on Rosenblum TV recently, which you may find interesting. Below see a version of my post about the transition from photojournalism to backpack journalism: Photojournalists have difficulty making the transition to video partly because they’ve spent so much of their professional lives […]

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David Leeson: “The More Things Change…”

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 September 2010 — The Backpack Journalism Project at American University’s School of Communication is proud to feature Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Leeson, his essay and his work. Leeson is the latest addition to our “Discussion Topic of the Month” section. As founder and director of the project, I invite you to see […]

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