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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.


Sept. 12 – The Gallup group released a survey today about American¬†attitudes about marriage between whites and blacks. The survey results shows positive steps forward: Americans are approaching unanimity in their views of marriages between blacks and whites, with 86% now approving of such unions. Americans’ views on interracial marriage have undergone a major transformation […]

Great piece by Robert Niles at the Online Journalism Review this week about journalism ethics and how science works:¬†A journalist’s guide to the scientific method – and why it’s important Intuitively we know that the scientific method of research, hypothesis, testing and revision is what we do as journalists. Niles details the connections nicely and […]


So many complain about how much the US imports from other countries. Yet, when a change occurs for the US to export, the story gets lost or ignored. Well, that is not completely fair. The Americus, Ga., media covered the event. NPR covered it. VOA covered it. Even the Economist covered it. But the Atlanta […]

Got just a short posting about a friend’s review of the world’s highest bar. (FYI, it’s in Hong Kong.) The issue of who pays for the food and drink at a restaurant to be reviewed for most Americans is a no-brainer. But that is not necessarily so in the rest of the world. And my […]

The U.S. government is taking big steps to provide unfettered Internet access to people living under the thumb of aggressive censors. And the technology has already been proven to help areas in the United States that are under-served by high-speed Internet connections. Just as the U.S. government finances Voice of America to bring uncensored news […]