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This I Believe – When Memories Fail...

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Interview: East Harlem’s Heavy Metal Bike Shop...

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Antietam Changed Nature of Civil War 150 Years Ago...

For my listening assignment, I chose a story from “All Things Considered” on Sept. 17 called “Antietam Changed Nature of Civil War 150 Years Ago.” The story remembers the 150th anniversary of the battle, its players and the aftermath. Tom Bowman reported the piece and he went to Sharpsburg, the site of the battle, to record his segment. Instead of running down stock gunfire and the sounds of the battlefield, Bowman starts his piece by walking through a cornfield. He gives the sound time to unfold; you can hear the stocks leaning against one another and twigs snapping underneath his feet. When Bowman gets around to his first interview, crickets can be heard in the background. He is clearly in the country, far removed from the commotion of Washington, D.C. The rest of the 4-minute piece is pretty straight forward. There are interviews over the phone and breakdowns of causalities. The setup is the most memorable part of the piece. The quiet evening and familiar country sounds are hard reconcile with the bloody battle that happened so many years ago....
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Internews Europe (Civic Example)

For this assignment, I found Internews Europe. Since starting in 1995, the organization’s mission has been to create media and train journalists in underserved areas. This means establishing networks in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi, serving those affected by floods in Pakistan and establishing fellowships to focus on universal issues such as climate change. What’s interesting is that many of these projects, which are about six months to a year-long, are supported by larger organizations such as the BBC and the United States government.  I think Internews has become a niche organization where larger bodies can supply it with funds instead of having to do the outreach themselves. As recently as Aug. 31, Internews received a grant by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Directorate to create a radio station for Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya. The impending service would provide the hundreds of thousands of refugees with information on food, supplies and how the Ethiopian government is responding to the situation. According to the article I read on reliefweb.int, the camp is the largest of its kind in the world. What I find compelling is that journalists will be trained to transmit their broadcasts from their mobile devices. What used to require a large studio in a single place has been granted much more flexibility. The upcoming Kenyan project shows that there will always be people in dire situations who require easily accesible infromation. The easiest form seems to be radio. Link: www.internews.eu http://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/european-humanitarian-funds-dadaab-refugee-radio-service...
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