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A Backpack Journalist Is Born

It was this time of year three decades ago, in the sweltering heat of a Nicaraguan summer, that I covered conflict for the first time. The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) ousted the U.S.-backed family dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in a war that left some 30,000 dead. That’s Somoza above, outside his bunker in Managua, […]

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Opening Remarks on Qatar U. Film Fest

I’ll be judging the Qatar University VidoetryFest 2009 Film Contest and Festival this month. Below are some comments I’ve prepared for the opening of the event. I’ll be judging the videos, many of them done in the backpack journalism model, online.http://www.youtube.com/get_player

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Backpack Journalism Workshop in Gijon, Spain

I’ll be conducting a three-day backpack journalism workshop at the 13th International Photojournalism Festival in the Spanish city of Gijon, to be held 10-19 July 2009. The annual festival is hosted by Spanish photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Javier Bauluz, who I’ve known since my days in Central America. (That’s Javier on the left.) The […]

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The Importance of Foreign Correspondence

Following are comments I delivered last night prior to the screening of “A Mighty Heart,” about Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Daniel Pearl. A panel discussion with some of Pearl’s colleagues preceded and followed the screening, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC: “At no time is the free flow of information more important than […]

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Backpack Journalism. The Right Stuff

Now that I’ve posted a definition of backpack journalism, the next question might be, “So what does it take to be a backpack journalist?” Here are the requirements, not necessarily in the order of importance:VISUAL TALENT: The backpack journalist needs artistic talent to recognize compelling images. Images are the engine inside this medium. Edward R. […]

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