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2 Days Left to Register for Workshop

WASHINGTON, 9 AUGUST 2009 — JUST TWO DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR THE BACKPACK JOURNALISM WORKSHOP WITH NOW ON PBS. See http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/440/Journalism-Workshop.html.

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Gijón Human Rights Group

GIJÓN, Spain, 19 July 2009 — Above is the group shot made at the end of the 13th Encuentro Internacional de Foto y Periodismo “Ciudad de Gijón.” In center with black pullover shirt is Javier Bauluz, founder of the event. You won’t see me because I had already left Spain to return to Washington to […]

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The Controlling Idea at Rutgers University

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, 23 July 2009 — At a presentation at Rutgers University, I discussed Controlling Idea and how it relates to storytelling. The presentation was part of a broader discussion about writing with video and the Internet. Rutgers University Professors Paul D. Hammond and Richard E. Miller invited me to present during their course, […]

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A New Nicaragua

18 JULY 1979 — With President Anastasio Somoza Debayle having fled Nicaragua just ahead of a tidal wave of violent opposition, his supporters still in the country jockeyed for power. The Sandinistas called any alternative to their rule “Somocismo without Somoza,” and rejected it as “unacceptable.” Above, Sandinistas and their supporters marched victoriously and defiantly […]

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Almost Gone

16 JULY 1979 — By this time just about everybody knew it was almost over. Such an extraordinary experience. To witness and document a corrupt, brutal government being overthrown by the collective will of its people. The only question at this point was how many more Nicaraguans would have to suffer or die before Somoza […]

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“… a Wounded Whale”

8 JULY 1979 — Unlike the September 1978 insurrection that briefly rocked the country, the 1979 Final Offensive was an all-or-nothing slugfest, and most Nicaraguans seemed to understand this. The Sandinistas poured everything they had into steering, and staying ahead of, the popular insurrection to topple the Somoza regime. And the regime fought back with […]

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