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Freelance journalist currently living in Brazil. Taught journalism at Mason 2006-2008. And am still interested in helping new journalists understand the importance of looking at how global and local events are linked.


Okay, so it’s kinda cool that El Salvador and Honduras will play a World Cup qualifying game at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., June 2. These are two good teams and the match will be a lot of fun to watch. But what Steven Goff missed in his little report (El Salvador, Honduras tentatively set […]

For a college paper or radio station looking for a different kind of story, the Peace Corps, just offered up some great information that can be turned into some interesting stories. The Corps, one of the best government institutions, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The whole purpose of the Corps is for America’s best […]

(First posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World.) This has nothing to do with who is smarter but rather who is more willing to learn about the other. Great little piece in Caixin called The Closing of Chinese Minds. What makes it even more interesting is that Caixin is a mainland China news organization. The publication […]

Northern Virginia (and GMU) are known for its large foreign-born population. Koreans, Indians and Salvadorans dominate the foreign-born population in Northern Virginia. And yet so few stories are done about these immigrant communities. These communities provide an excellent opportunity for local reporters to do local stories that have an international perspective. Feature stories, for example, […]

Great project by the US-China Institute at USC. The documentary — Assignment: China, “Opening Up” — is the story of the Western journalists who covered China in the early years of its opening to the West and the attempts by the Chinese government to control the message those journalists sent out. The 1-hour documentary (available online) is […]