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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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Interviewing NYTimes Freelance Foreign Correspondent in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 May 2017 — During a March trip to Nogales, Mexico, I interviewed Ioan Grillo (R), a freelance foreign correspondent based in Mexico City who works with The New York Times and Time magazine. American University Graduate Teaching Assistant Matt Cipollone and I accompanied Grillo during much of his reporting trip for this […]

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$200 Off Backpack Workshop!

WASHINGTON, DC, 14 November 2016 — This is what you save at the the Backpack Video Workshop on December 8-11. That’s right. You get a $200 discount. At a time when global storytelling is accessible to anyone with a cell phone and access to the Internet, the ability to speak the visual storytelling language is […]

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