They wander form place to place, travelling to remote parts of the world, work alone, doing everything from writing, photography, video editing, to website construction themselves and then publish on the internet.
Meet the backpack journalists.
Often armed with lightweight laptops, satellite phones, inexpensive editing software and digital cameras, they are often up against the heavyweights of established organisations. But these people who can do it all — shoot video, write stories, and do radio on the side — are the journalists of the future, said John Schidlovsky, director of the Washington-based Pew Fellowship in International Journalism in an article in USA Today.
Read the account of a backpack journalist here.
The following is a feature I did with my classmate Jane, and is posted as part of an assignment for my Journalism Reimagined course. Continue reading
How “alternative” is The Online Citizen, really? What makes it tick, and how does it work? Jane and I will also look at the areas in which it has succeeded and also failed. To get a fuller picture, we will talk to both its supporters and critics.
The following is posted as part of a class assignment for Journalism Reimagined. Continue reading
The following photos of my friend Jane are posted as part of a class assignment.
New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristol first announced in January this year that he was holding a contest to take a university student with him on a reporting trip to Africa.
He explained his reason in a column then: “I’m doing this for two reasons. First, I want to engage young people about global issues that I’m passionate about. Second, it’s good journalism, for you’ll bring a tool to reporting from Africa that I no longer have: a fresh eye.”
And the winner was recently revealed. Paul Bowers, a second-year student at the University of South Carolina had submitted both a video and an essay. In them, he talked about how “cold statistics can almost never get things done”. Rather, he wanted to tell true stories.
The duo will travel to West Africa, where they’ll explore maternal and child mortality, and also the degree to which the economic crisis is hitting poor countries.
As Kristol explained, the contest is a win-win situation for both. The experienced journalist gets a fresh eye, the student gets real-life guidance on foreign reporting. Ultimately, journalism is the real winner. Now, if only there were such contests in Singapore too.
The following is posted as part of my course Journalism Reimagined.