Archive for January, 2014

Status quo of physical and mental well-being for news gatherers. More information: http://dartcenter.org/blog/newsgatherers-responsibility-us-all#.UuQFZHn0C2z

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Senior contributing writer Sherry Ricchiardi wrote about photojournalism’s credibility challenge. As U.S. news organizations have backed away from foreign news coverage, the Associated Press’ international report has become increasingly vital.

More information: http://ajrarchive.org/Article.asp?id=4429

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Introduction about backpack journalist’s life and work details with help of the new technology.

More information: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/world/iraq/2003-03-25-backpack-journalists_x.htm

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War photographers are not addicted to danger

A Guardian war photographer explains the risks and rewards of working on the frontline based on other war photographers’ true experiences. More information: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/apr/22/sean-smith-frontline-reporting

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SOC Prof. Bill Gentile cited in American Journalism Review on Future of Foreign Correspondence.
With an arsenal of technology — including handheld digital video cameras, satellite dishes and laptops — seven ABC News journalists who took on new posts around the world this fall may be set to change the definition of “foreign correspondent.”

More information: http://ajrarchive.org/Article.asp?id=4443

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Visual Journalism: It's All About the Light

KABUL, Afghanistan 6 January 2014 — I keep going back to this: It’s all about light. And how light plays on form, and composition, and movement. Light is our primary raw material.

I made this image (it’s a screen shot from video) at a market in Kabul, while working on a documentary about a team of Afghan girls competing in an international arbitration contest later this year. I needed to generate some context for the girls’ background. Where they come from. What conditions they live in. What life is like for them.

Kabul is a rough neighborhood. Power outages are routine. Transportation is problematic. Many girls are restricted by cultural norms. Violence plagues not just Kabul but the entire country. Just a few days after my 10 January departure for Washington, 21 people died in an attack by Taliban fighters on a restaurant frequented by foreigners. The restaurant was a couple of blocks from the guest house where I stayed — and right next door to a convenience store where I regularly purchased bottled water and toiletries. ‪#‎documentaries‬

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International Reporting Fellowship

Join a one-hour chat with Dana Liebelson of Mother Jones, Franco Ordoñez of McClatchy Newspapers and ICFJ staff about two Ford Foundation-sponsored fellowships. See http://ijnet.org/chats/243148

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What the War Wrought

WASHINGTON, DC, 17 January 2014 — This is a very compelling piece by veteran foreign correspondent Jon Lee Anderson on the fallout from the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Worth reading: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/01/what-the-war-in-iraq-wrought.html

Photograph by Stringer/Reuters/Corbis.


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