The circumstances and conditions under which journalist are working can widely differ. But no matter how diverse our daily routines may be, we often face similar moral questions and dilemmas. How do I deal with interview partners that demand money? Is it correct to accept a free travel offer? Can I post a photo on social media that some of my viewers and readers may find offending?
Big media companies usually have a code of conduct and clearly defined rules. But that is not always the case for smaller businesses, digital nomads or freelancers working on their own.
Tanya Gladney entered our classroom with a big smile on her face advising all the WPI students that she had asthma and would probably cough a lot during her lecture. I was anxious about our first class regarding Policing and Race Relations, because we face the same social and race issues in Brazil, especially in my hometown Rio de Janeiro.
The fraught relationship between police and the African American community in the United States played out on television screens across the world, as riots broke out in many states in response to a spate of deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement.
I was sitting by the Mississippi river the other day at the sunset and was enjoying the evening breeze. Though it was my first time visiting Mississippi and Minnesota, the name Mississippi started reminding of my child hood.
Here we are, after flying across several time zones, in Minneapolis, ready to learn about American culture and the development of journalism in this country. Let's face it: we started to "have fun" very soon, despite the time difference and the habits that each of us brought in the luggage. And we can all be on time when it is needed (and punctual too!).
During my twelve years as a documentary filmmaker there is only one thing I could have been sure of all the time: Change. Especially when it comes to technology.
When I think of the washed out video material my first DV-Camcorder was delivering I can hardly imagine that this was the standard in video journalism less than ten years ago. Since then the technical challenges you had to face in the process of filmmaking have become less and less.
Here I am in St. Paul for a few days – and my first serious challenge was buying shampoo. To finally procure it, I have to walk almost 10 blocks. Is that really a serious challenge – someone might ask. Is that the topic for a blog – others may wonder. My answer is yes.