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WASHINGTON, DC, Day 33 of 40 — When I first began to contemplate this project a couple of years ago, I never realized it would be so timely. Even as recently as this spring, when I traveled to Mexico to shoot the pilot documentary, I didn’t realize it would become so important. FREELANCERS began as […]

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FREELANCERS and Friendships

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 18 of 40 — Keith Dannemiller (R) and I walk through Mexico City’s Centro Historico on the way to one of his favorite coffee shops. I visited Keith during a March 2017 production trip shooting the pilot episode for my upcoming documentary series, FREELANCERS. Keith was essential to the “pre-production” stage of […]

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FREELANCERS and the Changing Face of War Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 9 of 40 — As this article points out, the craft of conflict coverage is more dangerous than ever before. Despite this, into the fray go many freelancers who, like myself four decades ago, seek to take part in the broad conversation that is journalism — and to establish themselves as protagonists […]

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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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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 Journalism, Religion and Climate Change

LIMA, Peru, 16 June 2017 — This morning’s view from my hotel window in the Peruvian capital where I arrived last night. I’m on assignment for American University’s (AU) Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). I’ll be heading for Huancayo tomorrow, and then to the glacier at Huaytapallana to make a short film […]

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