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Global Post: A Field Trip!

Last week, I had the great pleasure to go to visit GlobalPost, an international Web-based news service based in Boston. During our visit we were shown quite a bit of the features the website offers by editor Charles Sennott.

Anyone who has seen the website can easily admit that it has quite a bit of impressive coverage from all over the world. Many of the stories that exist on the site are not stories that one would normally hear about in the United States. For the most part, I like the layout. There are quite a few pictures and it’s pretty neat, easy to read, and comprehensive.

I normally get my international news from CNN, but as I said before there are many stories that I would never know about without a website like Globalpost.  I find the work on this website very important and interesting because it gives readers insight on different cultures and allows us to understand the differences that exist throughout our world.

One section in particular struck me, “Life, Death in the Taliban”. This section gives an in-depth look into the War on Terror, but allows us to see it from a different angle. The reason this is so interesting is that it shows us what is actually going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many people forget that we are in a war and do not understand the terrors that occur within a war torn nation. With the use of multimedia we are brought to the center of the war and shown what horrors people in these countries face everyday.

The use of multimedia is impressive, I was particularly struck by the many photographs. The work is extensive, thorough and interesting.

The site also has a Study Abroad section. This section allows students who are studying abroad to report on the culture that they are being immersed into. This summer I will have the opportunity to go overseas to France and a small country in west Africa, Benin. If I were doing a story I might do one of these three options:

1. It is no secret that Africa has a problem with their food and water. They are not allowed to eat fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled and they are not allowed to drink the water. In this case I would probably write a story about it.

2. Benin only became independent from France between 1960 and 1972. In this sense, Benin is still a developing nation. I might write about Benin’s struggles in gaining independence and the influence France still has.

3. In France I will be doing a human services project. I will be working with one of four organizations to help the people of Benin. I could easily photograph and document what occurs while I’m there. In this I could also show the effect of international aid on a developing nation.

The only thing that I really had a problem with while looking at the website is the pop up ads. Though, I understand why they are there.


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Another Famous Garfield

First there was Garfield the cat, then there was President Garfield, now there’s Steve Garfield, a well know video blogger who runs his own website and freelances for other sites. He is also the author of the new book Get Seen, a comprehensive “how-to” guide that gives you all the skills you need to create and share videos and media on the web.

Garfield began blogging in 1997, but it was not until 2004 when he started to Vlog (believe it or not Garfield came before YouTube, folks! Impressive!).

Now, with the creation of new media and phone video devices, Garfield is vlogging more than ever before.

“I can click a button and send a video to YouTube.” said an excited Garfield “We now have the ability to both record and share with a device from your pocket!”

So how can us common citizen-journalist folk make the moolah out of this? Well, Garfield suggests getting a job that pays you the green, and blogging on the side. Garfield himself started out as a computer distributor and now he is a highly regarded blogger. Garfield also makes it a point to not to count things out “because they are free.” Of course, not everyone is going to be as successful as Steve Garfield in the blog world, but there’s no harm in trying…right?

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