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    IWMF Names 2015/16 Neuffer Fellow

    IWMF Honors Journalist Meera Srinivasan with the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. June 16, 2015 – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected Meera Srinivasan, a senior assistant editor with The Hindu, as the 2015/16 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Now in its 11th year, the fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists …

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  • A Different Perspective On The Immigration Debate

    by Louisa Reynolds The apprehension of over 70,000 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America along the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014, has revived the debate on immigration and the right to asylum in the US. As part of the official response to the crisis, President Barack Obama announced an executive action on immigration that …

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    Lessons from Rwanda

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 10, 2014. The commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide should prompt reflection and debate on the causes of genocidal violence and the role played by Western powers in that terrible conflict. Every week, students who are taking the Human Rights, Violence and Justice course taught by Professor …

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    The media coverage of Ebola: fear, hysteria and misunderstanding

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 10, 2014. When the AIDS crisis broke out in the late 70s and early 80s, Haitians, heroin addicts and homosexuals for the spread of the disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claimed that AIDS had emerged from Haiti as a result of a swine virus that had been passed …

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    Calestous Juma and the debate on GMOs

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 04, 2014. I recently discovered that I’m not the only journalism fellow studying here! MIT also hosts the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program and their fellows are just around the corner from my office. Two weeks ago, I contacted Wade Roush, who’s in charge of the program and he kindly …

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    The report that shook up one of the world’s greatest newsrooms

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 03, 2014. The New York Times intended the Innovation Report to be an internal document. It was a rigorous exercise of self-examination that was supposed to ignite debate and bring about a cultural shift with the newsroom but wound up being leaked to Buzzfeed in the wake of Jill Abramson’s …

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    Thanksgiving with the Toensmeiers

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 02, 2014. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American holiday and you can’t say you’ve experienced what America is all about until you’ve spent Thanksgiving with a local family. Most Americans cherish Thanksgiving as one of the few secular holidays that haven’t been hijacked by consumerism, although I think that claim is …

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    Life through a lens

    by Louisa Reynolds | December 01, 2014. Behind every picture there’s a story. When I’m writing a narrative journalism piece, I like taking photos of the people and places that I’m writing about because looking at them while I’m writing helps to jog my memory and recall a person’s features or expression. I also enjoy …

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    Human rights media activists and the Guatemalan genocide

    by Louisa Reynolds | November 20, 2014. As I watched footage from the trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt that will be featured in Pamela Yates’ new documentary “500 Years”, I was transported back to the courtroom where, for the first time in History, a conviction for genocide against indigenous people took place. In …

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    Dark is beautiful: Nandita Das speaks out against racism in the media

    by Louisa Reynolds | November 20, 2014. “All the articles about me begin with ‘the dark and dusky actress’ because being dark is considered such an aberration”, says Indian actress Nandita Das. Das explains that her parents nurtured her many talents without ever making a point of commenting on her skin tone, which meant that …

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