This is my first assignment for the website Foreign Report.
This is my first assignment for the website Foreign Report.
Fellow followers and readers, a newbie mistake blocked post’s comments through Disqus, but everything is back on. Feel free to drop a few lines every so often.
Hunter S. Thompson would definitely see himself in the mirror somewhere in these comic strips.
A Day Without News? is a new campaign set in place to raise public awareness for the struggles journalists endure while reporting in territories embroiled in armed conflicts.
The ultimate goal is for A Day Without News? to generate grassroots support within the community that will further the work of the Committee to Protect Journalists , Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and other invaluable organizations who are dedicated to this issue.
According to the official website, the purpose of the campaign is:
- to draw sharper attention to the growing numbers of journalists who have been killed and injured in armed conflict, in some cases as a result of direct targeting by the belligerents;
- to develop a public diplomacy, institutional and legal agenda to combat this more effectively;
- and to investigate and collect evidence in support of prosecutable cases in this area.
A Day Without News? has the support of the United Nations, which addresses a message about the campaign through its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Native American tells anti-immigration protesters “You’re all fucking illegal”
Using spare narration and stunning imagery, Chris Jordan’s feature film Midway explores the plight of Laysan albatross plagued by the ingestion of our plastic trash. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as a mirror of our humanity.
Midway is a feature length film in production scheduled to premiere in late 2013. Our film is made possible from generous donations and grants. Please contribute through Fractured Atlas. All donations are tax deductibles.
This segment of January 14th episode of the Daily Show was long needed. Investigative journalism is disappearing from newsrooms, but that we already knew.
Nonetheless, this video raised a question in me: what is the place of investigative journalism nowadays? Or if we want to go even a little further, what is the place of the long form journalism in today’s media?
We’ve witnessed the birth of websites like Longreads, Longform or Narrative.ly, as well as small nonfiction magazines and wonder about what they represent for the informative panorama. Where will they carry the business?
Truth is, projects like the ones quoted tend to be greatly accepted within crowd funding, maintaining this journalistic “eco-system” alive, although we can only assert what influence this sort of journalism have only in a few more years.
I can imagine the tales of Hunter S. Thompson converted to this animated, rushed-framing style.
All credits to Piotr Kabat for this amazing excerpt from Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
“Having suffered through drug addiction in my 20s and 30s, landing in jail for cocaine possession, raising two children as a single parent and eventually ending up at the New York Times, I know what it’s like to come out the other side when the odds are stacked against you.”
Personally, being an aspiring journalist, I regard it as piece of inspiration, as it’s never too late to follow a dearest living objective, no matter how hard the tread ahead.
“I did not know Aaron Swartz, but like many others, wonder about the values of a culture that chooses to prosecute him for alleged informational crimes while bankers implicated in massive frauds against the public still frolic. Given that I am doing an AMA on reddit and rely on RSS every day, I’m struck by the fact that in some respects, it’s Aaron’s world and I’m just typing into it.”
“The good news, young writers, is that your life does not have to be extraordinarily interesting, because there are billions of people in the world who do have interesting lives, and you have the privilege of telling their stories. Even the most productive journalist could not write 1% of humanity’s freely available interesting stories in the course of an entire career. Your friends, and neighbors, and community members, and people across town, and across your country, and across the world far and wide are all brimming with stories to tell. Stories of love, and war, and crime, and peril, and redemption. The average inmate at your local jail probably has a far more interesting life story than Susan Shapiro or you or I do, no matter how many of our ex-boyfriends and girlfriends we call for comment. All of the compelling stories you could ever hope to be offered are already freely available. All you have to do is to look outside of yourself, and listen, and write them down.”
A child’s drawing of the civil war in Syria. Many children who have stayed in the increasingly ravaged country “face bombardment, food shortages and bitter cold without fuel or school.”
Bradley Secker / For The Washington Post
(For more, see “Syrian students learn to adjust” — The Washington Post)
It’s only the first day of the new year and I’m already looking forward for a few albums due release this year. Curiously, two of them have been delayed from their initial release date, in 2012, and the other one’s information is still incognito. Here’s a few music and information about these artists and albums.
VALETE - “HOMO LIBERO”
If 2013 is the year, Portuguese rapper Valete’s new album will hit jukeboxes 7 years after his last release - “Serviço Público”. “Homo Libero" was firstly dubbed "360º", but the artist preferred to swap to a name that hails the "free, emancipated man”. Valete’s album was announced in 2009 - on his MySpace he even confirmed that it was in its “final production stage” -, but might only see the light this year. Nonetheless, Valete raised the curtains during a few concerts last year and even in 2011 - like the video above. Known for his communist views, “Homo Libero" will reflect a new approach, a "fuck the communism, I love the people" that promises a more balanced advent to his stingy lyrics.
M.I.A - “MATANGI”
“Bad Girls" is M.I.A’s most addictive single from “Matangi" (which is her birth name, Mathangi) album. The video clip was even nominated the 4th best music video of 2012 by Time Magazine (Romain Gavras productions never disappoint). M.I.A is vibrant, electronic, danceable, with African reminiscences in its essence, and all surrounded by hip-hop touches. The British artist may not get the same buzz for her new sounding style compared to “Paper Planes" hit, yet she definitely embraced a provocative stance that will make her a remarkable indie artist of her generation.
DAFT PUNK - “NO END”(?)
433Little is known about Daft Punk’s new album a large portion of the information about it is based in rumours. “No End" is believed to be the name of the French electronic duo fourth album, according to a leaked album image and the name of their 2013 World tour. So, here what we know: the apparent date for the release is March, 13th and they will be back on tour this year. That is pretty much about it. Spare no time searching on Youtube for leaked singles, as they are all fake. Daft Punk created this imaginarium of the perfect duo that splited and disappeared from the main stream years ago. Now, they seem to be set for returning. Let’s continue to hope for it.
News outlets still aren’t aware of the capabilities of Twitter when used correctly for journalistic purposes, neither are the journalists.
Here’s a briefing on how Twitter can (and should) be used for the interest of journalism.