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MEXICO CITY, 8 March 2017 — Associated Press (AP) video journalist Gerardo Carrillo edits material he shot of a women’s march in the Mexican capital. I spent time with Gerardo while filming a pilot for the series, “Freelancers,” about the young, tech-savvy freelance foreign correspondents stepping into the void left by mainstream media retreating from overseas news coverage. Gerardo and I worked together in Central America during the 1980s. He founded the AP video unit in Mexico City, and still works there.

Journalists like Gerardo often provide critical support to freelancers like myself. I began my own career in Mexico in 1977 but have not worked there in many years. He’s using a laptop computer to edit his material before transmitting to the AP bureau in Washington, DC. This technology is part of what makes freelancing so viable today. The cost of global communication has plummeted since the days that Gerardo and I worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador. It’s truly a technology revolution. I’ve entered the post-production stage of the “Freelancers” project, and will be posting images and text as I move along. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

American University graduate student Matt Cipollone and I spent Spring Break shooting and producing the film. In addition to Gerardo, we spent time with a freelance foreign correspondent working with The New York Times and Time magazine; with a freelancer who works with USA Today and The Guardian; with a freelance documentary filmmaker; and with three still photographers.

This project is supported by American University’s School  of Communication, where I work in Washington, DC. I decided to produce the pilot for “Freelancers” in Mexico mostly because that’s where I landed as a freelancer right after graduate school at Ohio University, but also because it’s close to home and logistics would be less costly than some of the other countries and regions where I want to take this project. More on that later.

(Photo by Matt Cipollone)

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WASHINGTON, DC, 21 April 2017 — Here’s a nice little story about the “Backpack Documentary en Español” class that I launched in Fall 2016 at American University’s School of Communication. It was written by one of my students.

To read it, click HERE.

 

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WASHINGTON, DC, 26 March 2017 — American University’s School of Communication and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting co-hosted an exciting, informative and much-needed presentation and panel discussion titled, “Women In Conflict.” From left to right, Cassandra Vinograd, Natalie Keyssar and Hannah Allam, held the attention of a full-house crowd — in awe of their knowledge, their poise and their presentations — for more than an hour and a half. They told students, colleagues, working professionals, and the general public how to stay safe while covering conflict abroad — and at home.
(Photos by Danielle Criss.)

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WASHINGTON, DC, 25 March 2017 — Join us tomorrow, Sunday 26 March, for this important event. This panel is free and open to the public. Please RSVP HERE.

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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

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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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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

billgentile@billgentile.com

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