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Backpack Journalist Visits Photojournalism Class

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 October 2010 – I was pleased but not surprised. Not even when she dropped me e-mail messages or phoned from places like Kabul or Kashmir. I became accustomed to it. To her success, that is. I knew Rebecca Byerly would be successful the first time I met her. She came to my […]

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Former Student Corresponds From “Most Dangerous Country”

WASHINGTON, 3 October 2010 — It’s not every day that a university professor sees his student’s work in The New York Times. But that’s exactly what happened recently when I ran across a piece by Shaheryar Mirza, a former student in my Foreign Correspondence class. Shaheryar was kind enough to answer a number of my […]

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AU Student Accepts Award for Backpack Journalism

David Coffey (left) accepts the American University-Associated Press Foreign Internship Award from School of Communication Professor Bill Gentile. Coffey, who is finishing a graduate degree in Journalism at AU, is leaving this week for a three-month internship with the AP in Bangkok, Thailand. AP, the world’s oldest and largest news-gathering organization, has a robust domestic […]

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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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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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