“Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua” Almost Ready to Go

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 21 June 2001 — I moved around Managua on the day after my arrival in the back of one of these three-wheeled taxis, cutting around traffic that is so much heavier now than when I lived her in the ’80s. Almost finished with the prep work for the “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua.” Spent […]

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Bridges to Community Announces Partnership With Backpack Doc

WASHINGTON, DC, 13 April 2011 — Bridges to Community, a leading U.S. non-profit working in Nicaragua, has announced its collaboration with my “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” scheduled for 24 June – 3 July of this year. Based in Ossining, New York, Bridges to Community is a non-profit community development organization aiming “to create a world […]

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Backpack Video Journalism in Harvard’s ReVista Magazine

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 April 2011 — I just received a copy of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America that is edited by long-time friend and colleague June Carolyn Erlick. This Spring/Summer 2011 edition is titled, “Journalism in the Americas.” It’s a great review of the state of journalism in the hemisphere. And it’s not […]

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The Technology-Driven Revolution

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 February 2011 — I got a query this morning from a person inquiring about my “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” coming up this summer. She was concerned that her lack of experience with new digital cameras might be a stumbling block on the journey. Here’s part of my response: “The methodology that we […]

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Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 February 2011 — The “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” is a 10-day immersion in the craft of character-driven documentary making. We follow American volunteers with a leading U.S. non-profit to the Nicaraguan town of Ticuantepe, just outside the capital of Managua. For me, it’s not just about teaching backpack video journalism, or documentary. […]

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“I Can Smell Their Bodies”

WASHINGTON, 7 September 2010 – This is an exciting time to be a journalist, especially a backpack journalist. For the first time in the history of mankind, we have the power to “talk” with people everywhere, at any time, in a language that is universal. The visual language. We can share our own experience and […]

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