Ai Weiwei – refugees and the new Odyssey

Ai Weiwei has come to Istanbul. A new exhibit has recently opened at the beautiful Sakip Sabanci Museum. The most interesting part of the exhibit was the section of pottery where, according to the description at the exhibit Ai Weiwei “draws a correlation between the ancient journey undertaken by Odysseus and the recent global refugee… Continue reading Ai Weiwei – refugees and the new Odyssey

Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

Happy Fall! Our October newsletter is out.

Ramshakhi Dev, age 32, second right, stands with her youngest child, Bibek, age 7, left, and her eldest daughter Mamata, age 18, at the entrance to their home in their village Hariharpur 10, outside Janakpur, Nepal, July 7, 2017. Dev had an abortion after getting pregnant again for the fifth time. She wasn't using contraception because her husband lives abroad and after she realized she was pregnant she went to a pharmacy and got the pills. She took them, without complication, but there was no follow up after the abortion. Nepal legalized abortion 15 years ago, and public and private facilities have been set up to provide the procedure. However, because of issues like stigma, lack of education, and distrust of government facilities, most women don’t ask important questions of the health care providers, to see if a clinic/pharmacy has proper authorization from the government, or what they should do in the event of medical complications. And according to a recently released survey by the Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) more than half of Nepalese women got abortions by illegal providers in 2014. In January of 2017 the government of Nepal made all abortion and contraception services free in the country, which is an important step to help women get better services. But most women hadn't heard about the new initiative, and there wasn't a concerted campaign by the government to get the message out to local communities. This is an example of one of many issues with abortion access in Nepal. (Photo Credit/Tara Todras-Whitehill/European Journalism Centre/Vignette Interactive)

This month, we created an interactive quiz about abortion and the Mexico City Policy, and you can watch Tara Todras-Whitehill get an award from the Online News Association. We also want to introduce our newest member of the Vignette team, video editor Ali Kerem.  Click here to and enjoy!

Watch our Director of Photography receive the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting

Earlier this month Tara Todras-Whitehill, our DOP, received the Online News Association‘s 2017 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting. Diane Foley, honoring her son and representing the James Foley Legacy Foundation along with AP’s Eric Carvin gave amazing introductions, and Tara told a little story about her mom and Libya. She dedicated the award to… Continue reading Watch our Director of Photography receive the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting

More Than a Tragedy: Photographing Resilience in Devastation

Today we are cross-posting an article from Re-Picture, a publication of The Everyday Projects, about photographing resilience in the face of devastation – by Danielle Villasana, a photojournalist and contributor to Re-Picture  In2014 when Boko Haram was at the height of its insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, Fati Abubakar was struggling with the guilt of studying abroad in London while militants gruesomely… Continue reading More Than a Tragedy: Photographing Resilience in Devastation