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Cubans Honor Fidel, Armed Forces

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cuban citizens carry posters of Fidel Castro as they march through the Plaza de la Revolucion during a march in honor of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. This was a quiet, even somber event. It took place only weeks after the death of Fidel Castro, […]

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AU and “Backpack en Español”

WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2016 — American University is featuring an article about my “Backpack Documentary en Español” class, the first-ever Spanish-language class to be taught in the School of Communication. To read the article (in English), click HERE. And below is a bit of information from my syllabus: El primer curso impartido en español […]

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Steve Jeter at Backpack Class

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 November 2016 — I’m delighted to announce that filmmaker Steve Jeter will visit my Backpack Documentary class at American University’s School of Communication (SOC) this Wednesday 9 November. Based in Washington, DC, Jeter is a highly accomplished freelance filmmaker who co-produced, “Un Architecte,” a stunning short film that I routinely share with […]

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FREE Manual at Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 6 November 2016 — In addition to a FREE copy of my Essential Video Journalism Field Manual, here’s what you get at my Backpack Video Workshop on December 8-11: Day 2 Present Title and Controlling Idea. Opening scene. Closing scene. Production Schedule. Dramatic Arc. View “Voice of Hope” as example of multiple dramatic […]

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Climate Change at AU

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 October 2016 — Science writer Eli Kintisch conducts a presentation on how the thawing Arctic may be impacting global weather patterns and climate change. Sunday’s event on climate change was the first of two this academic year, co-sponsored by American University’s (AU) School of Communication (SOC) and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis […]

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Almost There: Manual en Español

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 August 2016 — I’m delighted to announce that the Spanish-language version of my acclaimed “Essential Video Journalism Field Manual” is nearly ready for release. The “Bill Gentile Manual Esencial de Producción Video Periodismo” is in the final stages of review and should be available at Amazon.com by next week. Translated by my […]

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