WHERE WE GET OUR NEWS:

New York Times World

BBC Global News Podcast – “Global News Podcast. The day’s top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.”

Foreign Policy  – Magazine of global politics, economics and ideas. Published bimonthly in print and daily online by the Slate Group, a division of the Washington Post Company.”

The Economist – The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.”

The Guardian  – “Latest US news, world news, sports, business, opinion, analysis and reviews from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voice.”

Foreign Affairs – “The leading magazine for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics and global affairs.”

Al Jazeera – “News, analysis from the Middle East & worldwide, multimedia & interactives, opinions, documentaries, podcasts, long reads and broadcast schedule.”

Check out this post for a more exhaustive list!

RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS:

Frontline Freelance Register

“Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is run by freelancers, for freelancers. FFR is open to actively working, international freelance foreign and conflict journalists who take physical risks in their work, and adhere to the Code of Conduct. We aim to provide members with representation and a sense of community, vital in this fragmented profession.

Overseas Press Club of America

“Provides resources, internships, and details of forthcoming social events for journalists throughout the world.”

COURSE TEXTS:

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California’s Gold Medal.

A Problem From Hell: American and the Age of Genocide – In her award-winning interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power―a former Balkan war correspondent and founding executive director of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy―asks the haunting question: Why do American leaders who vow “never again” repeatedly fail to stop genocide? Drawing upon exclusive interviews with Washington’s top policy makers, access to newly declassified documents, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields, Power provides the answer in A Problem from Hell, a groundbreaking work that tells the stories of the courageous Americans who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the United States to act.

STUDENT FAVORITES:

From Joshua Futtersak:

Colonel Roosevelt

“This book has very essential information about WW1. Beginning of the book is about Theodore Roosevelt’s expedition in the Amazon, but it is not the primary focus. Good behind the scenes look on what took place in WW1. A side of the story you won’t see in an average textbook.”

From Lisa Thomson:

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War  “I read this book when I was living in a quaint town in England, trying to decide whether or not to quit my cozy publishing job and strike out as an international reporter. You might say it helped tip the scale.”

 

PRUE’S FAVORITES:

  • “The White Man’s Burden”, by William Easterly
  • “Dead Aid”, by Dambisa Moyo

Great international reportage:

  • King Leopold’s Ghost – A seminal piece of journalism documenting of the Belgian king’s personal colonization of Congo, leading to the deaths of half the population by Adam Hochschild
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed Along With Our Families – Rwanda Genocide, by New York writer, Philip Gourevitch
  • The Soccer War by legendary Polish reporter Ryszard Kapucinski (and anything by Kapucinski)
  • “A Continent for the Taking”, by New York Times reporter, Howard French
  • “Dark Star Safari” – from Cairo to Cape Town, by Paul Theroux
  • “The Places in Between,” A Journey Across Afghanistan by Rory Stewart
  • “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,” by Barbara Demick
  • “Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood,” by Barbara Demick
  • “Behind the Beautiful Flowers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” by Katherine Boo
  • ”Thieves of State – Why Corruption Threatens Global Security”, Sarah Chayes
  • “China’s Second Continent”, by former New York China and West Africa correspondent, Howard French
  • “Field’s of Blood, Religion and the History of Violence” by Karen Armstrong
  • “The Great War for Civilization – The Conquest of the Middle East”, a epic examination of the recent history of the Middle East by long-time Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk
  • “The Idealist,” a stinging account of Jeffrey Sachs’ controversial efforts to end poverty by Vanity Fair writer Nina Munk.

Important Personal Accounts
• *Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
• *A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah – an eloquent and rare personal account of life as a child soldier.                           • *It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

Films/Video: 

  • The Oath
  • Citizen Four

• *New York – the documentary by Ken Burns. Episode 4.
• Why Does the Media Lie to Us? – A panel hosted by the Nation magazine from 1997 fea- turing a cast of media luminaries including Walter Isaacson and Christopher Hitchens.
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  • No Man’s Land (2001) – Yugoslavia