Real stories and facts about refugees are more important than ever

Airports all over the United States erupted in protests this past weekend after Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban refugees from certain countries went into effect. The ban, which focused on seven majority muslim countries, also included green card holders.  The impact was felt around the world as permanent residents and refugees found themselves detained… Continue reading Real stories and facts about refugees are more important than ever

Women can’t be gagged – highlighting world gender issues

In light of President Trump’s reinstatement of the global gag rule, I thought I’d write a blog post looking at interactives, data visualizations and stories from women’s projects around the world. The global gag rule stops US-funded international organizations from talking about abortion, but it has a larger negative effect on family planning services. The… Continue reading Women can’t be gagged – highlighting world gender issues

Creating a UNICEF interactive documentary

One of the classes featured in UNICEF's interactive documentary "Imagine a School"

The conversation about Lebanon’s Syrian refugee crisis usually begins with some big and unprecedented numbers. 1 in 4 four people in Lebanon are refugees (1.5 million refugees in a country of roughly six million people) Half of the refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict are children And half of all registered Syrian refugee children aren’t… Continue reading Creating a UNICEF interactive documentary

Mosul Dam – visualizations of failure

By Rehman Abubakr, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41102025

The Mosul dam is a ticking time bomb.   Many journalists have reported in recent years on its potentially catastrophic failure. Dexter Filkins wrote a damning article in the New Yorker about how the Mosul dam is failing.   Saddam Hussein constructed the dam in the early 1980s. The major problem lies in its foundation… Continue reading Mosul Dam – visualizations of failure

6 tips for the media contest season

Since we are in the midst of awards season, I wrote up a list of tips that I have learned over the years when applying for such awards. A lot of these suggestions are geared towards photographers, but they are also helpful for video and multimedia journalists.   1) Edit harshly – Try to be honest… Continue reading 6 tips for the media contest season