Tbilisi Tour of Old and New

TBILISI, Georgia, 24 May 2014 – The old section of this city is a rich blend of old and new. Heading out to the eastern city of Gurjaani on Monday for another three-day workshop. I’m in Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy to give a series of workshops, presentations and discussions with professional […]

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“Chain Gang.” It’s About Character

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 6 May 2014 – Participants in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop watch “Chain Gang” as a tool for learning how to use characters to drive home my lesson on building visual stories. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews with local journalists, students and others. The central theme of the […]

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Where Has All the (Our) Money Gone?

  KABUL, Afghanistan, 7 January 2014 — This is a brief clip I shot in a refugee camp in Kabul. According to a camp spokeswoman, the camp houses about 1,500 people from across Afghanistan who have fled the war. She said some of the refugees have been here for as long as 12 years. No […]

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Navigating Misery and Video Journalism

KABUL, Afghanistan, 5 January 2014 — Two boys eat a lunch of leftover rice in a refugee camp on the edge of Kabul. About 1,500 people live in this squalid complex of tents and dirt homes. Especially in winter, as the temperature at night hovers below zero, life here is tenuous, particularly for children. The […]

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“See, Tell, Change” with Ikusi and Video Journalism

WASHINGTON, DC, 21 December 2013 — This is the essence, the very core, the embodiment of what can be achieved with visual communication. It is the confluence of passion and technology. It is everything that communication can be. It is what I teach my students and it is what I, myself, aspire to. It is […]

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Video Journalism “Style” in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 14 December 2013 — This is the final video produced by Pablo Castro at my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Montevideo. It’s about a slightly eccentric bookseller in the nation’s capital. It’s also about visual style, narration and musical background, all unique and defining characteristics of Pablo’s film. All of them combine to […]

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