MEXICO CITY, 8 March 2017 — This is a screen grab from video shot in Mexico City on Wednesday 8 March 2017 by American University graduate teaching assistant Matt Cipollone for the pilot, “Freelancers” film. Gerardo Carrillo (L) is a long-time friend and colleague from my days working and living in Central America. We both were freelancers at the time. He later founded the Associated Press (AP) video unit in Mexico City. Journalists like Gerardo often are sources of critical information and support for people like me, when I travel to foreign countries and work, once again, as a freelancer. Gerardo is seen here covering a march on International Women’s Day on Avenida de la Reforma in the Mexican capital. #BillGentileFreelancersFilms

WASHINGTON, DC, 20 March 2017 — Join us this Sunday 26 March for a presentation and panel featuring three journalists — all women — about their coverage of some of the toughest stories on earth.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-conflict-panel-at-american-university-tickets-32663429196?aff=es2

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

— Bill Gentile



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017: ” Rod Norland of the New York Times provides insight into covering Afghanistan after many of his competitors have downsized or left, ” The Times has employed a strategy of investing whatever it takes to cover the news properly, even as our competitors downsize. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Last Man Standing” strategy.””

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/insider/eyewitness-to-americas-longest-war-after-others-have-gone.html?_r=0



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017:  “Tim Ferguson of Forbes writes about the importance that future foreign reporting has,” This is a livelihood that has been bled of much of its romance by the tougher straits of the media business. But the craft remains an adventure, if anything all the more vital and widely felt.””

Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/timferguson/2017/03/01/ensuring-a-future-of-foreign-reporting/#2e84458411c9





Monday, February 27, 2017: ” Months after breaking the Panama Papers, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is becoming an independent non-profit organization. After nearly two decades with the Center for Public Integrity, ICIJ is breaking off from the Center in hopes of expanding independently.”

Read the full article here: http://www.poynter.org/2017/months-after-breaking-the-panama-papers-icij-is-going-independent/450446/




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John Sudworth/ Twitter/ BBC News Asia

Friday, March 3, 2017: ” A BBC crew covering China was attacked and then forced to sign a confession by police stating that they tried to conduct an illegal interview. BBC journalist John Sudworth and his crew were attempting to conduct an interview with the family of a man who died during a land dispute with government when they were attacked.”


Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/bbc-crew-attacked-in-china-says-reporter

reduced-final-revised-3-march-2017WASHINGTON, DC, 3 March 2017 — I’m delighted to announce these details regarding this year’s AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships. These are extraordinary opportunities for students seeking to work overseas.

As the mainstream media pull back from foreign coverage, it is organizations like the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting which are filling the void.

For an application form, click here: http://www.american.edu/…/j…/Pulitzer-Center-Fellowships.cfm

Please contact me with questions.

Bill Gentile