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April 2016

England

Covering the Queen’s 90th Birthday in Windsor

This was by far the most fun and most tiring week I’ve had at the bureau.

Before I get to the Queen, I want to mention another great story we got to do on Tuesday. I had made a pitch to cover the unveiling of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph in Trafalgar Square. The original arch in the ancient UNESCO world heritage site city of Palmyra was destroyed by ISIS during their 10-month siege of the city which ended in March.

I wasn’t the only one with the idea.

When we showed up Tuesday morning, the square quickly filled with media. Having at least two people on site is great because (for example) as the organizers moved the media barricades forward one person could run up and claim a good spot while the other stayed with the gear and brought it up after. Continue Reading

The Sunday Letter

The Sunday Letter

I just got back from having my mind blown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House on the Strand in London.

Holy crap. How is there so much good work out there? I was in such shock after spending two hours walking through both the east and west wings of the exhibition that I bought the £25 exhibition book, which I totally can’t fit into my suitcase, or my budget. So much good work, produced in the last year alone. It’s REALLY inspiring to see what everyone else is doing with photography. It also gives me hope that photojournalism isn’t the dying art some news people see it as.

Check out Kei Nomiyama’s enchanting bamboo forests, Canadian Kevin Frayer’s work with eagle hunters in Western China, Julien Mauve’s comedic and thoughtful Greetings from Mars series,the diaristic Indian train journeys by Tamina-Florentine Zuch and Iris d’Or winner Asghar Khamesh’s Fire of Hatred series about women and children destroyed by acid and violence are just some of the many amazing works on display.

You may have also noticed, this week I also decided to change the name of my regular Sunday feature to the Sunday Letter. This just seemed more in line with what I was doing – writing a little letter to you all every Sunday to check in and say what’s up – to share what I found interesting that week.  Sunday Sundries suited my alliteration ego, but I think the Sunday Letter is a better description.

I also updated my layout around. Still playing with some kinks, but what I like about this format is that it puts storytelling first. The focus is on content: words and pictures. Stories.

Speaking of good work: Prince. An amazing man and musician. I always respected how he seemed to be able to keep his private life private, despite his huge success. He was such an anomaly and such a talent. The world could have used him a lot longer. Here’s Miles Davis talking about Prince’s style, and this awesome first ever interview with Prince from when he was in high school.

Here’s some other great stuff from the internet this week:

That’s it from me, compadres. I hope you’re doing well. You’re gonna have an awesome week. Let me know how it’s going in the comments below.

p.s. And how could I forget? Beyoncé dropped Lemonade. The visual album is bringing the concept of albums back, and that makes me very happy.

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England

Vox Pops and Buckingham Palace

It was quieter in the newsroom this week, which worked out great for me since it afforded me a chance to practice a bit more with iNews, Avid, MOG, Aspire, and all the technical stuff that might seem second to practicing journalism, but actually is what journalists rely on to make their stories happen. I also learned how to contact the Toronto resource desk for help. Possibly my most important lesson this week. Continue Reading

The Sunday Letter

The Sunday Letter

One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to share everything I was thinking about. It’s hard to know what you think about something until you write it down. As well as place that holds stories, photos and tales of tea and travel, I also share fun things I find on the Internet. Every Sunday I share a peek of what I’m reading, listening to, inspired by, and give an update about what’s going on in my life. These are my Sunday sundries.

Yes, you read right. It looks like in addition to doing work in Sarajevo my work with Photographers Without Borders and Project 1948 is also taking me to one of the front lines of the refugee crisis. Because of the recent Balkans route lockdown and subsequent EU restructuring of how they’re taking in migrants, we don’t know exactly what Idomeni will be in a month’s time when we arrive. It used to be little more than a train stop along the Greek/Macedonian border. Right now, it’s about 12,000 people living in wet, cold and muddy conditions. In a recent BBC interview, a doctor from Medecins du Monde called it “disgusting”, and told the BBC he informally suggests people leave the camp because it is so unhygienic.

This NGO project has really evolved since I got on board. Originally we were just working with youth in Sarajevo who’d grown up in the aftermath of war. We’ll still be spending time doing just that, but with Bosnia’s proximity to the current migrant crisis through the Balkans in Europe, it would be tone-deaf not to get involved in helping people going through a huge upheaval in the region. I look forward to doing whatever I can do be useful and tell stories from Idomeni. If you’d like to help the project that I’m involved in, please consider donating what you can. We’re bringing clean undergarments and food to the people there, plus we’ll be giving cameras and recorders so that people can tell their own stories.

Here are my favourite things from the internet this week:

That’s them! Wow. It’s a bit of a long list this week.

Before you go, please enjoy the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I’m so excited!).

I’ll see you next week!

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The Sunday Letter

Sunday Sundries, Vol. 41: Late to the party

One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to share everything I was thinking about. It’s hard to know what you think about something until you write it down. As well as place that holds stories, photos and tales of tea and travel, I also share fun things I find on the Internet. Every Sunday I share a peek of what I’m reading, listening to, inspired by, and give an update about what’s going on in my life. These are my Sunday sundries.

Oh noooo! My Sunday sundries! They’re a day late!!! What do I call them now – the Monday medleys? Thank you for your patience! I had so much fun going out around London this weekend after a great second week at my CBC internship that when I got home last night I made the moral call to watch The Adventures of Tintin and fall asleep rather than write. You know what though? It’s okay. Back on track.

Here’s what I found interesting on the Internet this week!

And that’s it for this week’s Sunday Monday sundries!

Thanks for tuning in. I always appreciate it.

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Destinations England

Shooting a protest with really expensive cognac in my backpack

Monday

I knew my intern luck couldn’t last. I seemed to have caught the flu. Posters on the tube stating, “British flu season is longer than usual this year” mocked me.

Our bureau producer told me to stay home so I don’t infect the others. In a small office, maintaining everyone’s health is even more important.

I wandered out out of my building once to go to the post office and pick up my Biometric Residence Permit to go with my visa (yay). But other than that, just stayed in bed, read, took ibuprofen, ate bananas and drank tea.

I did do some research though. I was looking for experts we could interview on the Queen’s upcoming 90th birthday. I also watched All the Presidents Men and Spotlight back to back. That counts as work, right? Continue Reading