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Candlelight Vigil Today for Jailed American Journalists

A national candlelight vigil will be held today (June 3) for jailed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. The two women were on assignment from Al Gore’s Current TV media project in China, and were arrested by North Korean police near the border. Rallies will be held nationwide tonight for two American journalists imprisoned in […]

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The Lioness of Afghanistan

The Lioness of Afghanistan

One American woman’s personal battle to turn back the tide on the Taliban Sonia Nassery Cole commands a room no matter what the size, and it’s for a good cause. Cole, who has both Afghan and American citizenship, is founder and CEO of the Afghanistan World Foundation (AWF). The non-profit organization works to assist the […]

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War Photography Almost Too Close for Comfort

War Photography Almost Too Close for Comfort

A noteworthy group of photojournalists gathered at photo agency VII’s Brooklyn studio last week. The small group represented some of the cream of photojournalists that had gathered in NYC for the recent New York Photo Festival. Among them were Gary Knight and Ashley Gilbertson. Also on hand was Tim Hetherington, whose notable photo installation “Sleeping […]

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The State of Cyberspace in America

Tuesday, May 26 New York Press Club Penthouse 330 West 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) Cocktail reception: 6:30 PM Program begins: 7:00 PM From the New York Press Club: Press Club members, working press, security professionals and interested parties are invited to anevening reception and remarks on the State of Cyberspace in America by special guest, […]

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Access a Problem for Israeli Journalists

Last week, award-winning journalist Amira Hass was arrested after returning from four months of reporting in the Palestinian Authority. Hass, who reports for Ha’aretz newspaper, was not held long after being arrested, but her case highlights a major problem for journalists in the region: access. Or lack of. It’s illegal for Israeli journalists to go […]

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Blogging on Terror: The Shadowland Journal

Just yesterday, New York City was the target of a failed terrorist plot. It’s a jarring reminder that terrorists are still out there, thinking about how to do Americans harm. For inquiring minds who want information from an authoritative voice on terrorism, take a look at The Shadowland Journal. The blog includes postings and writings […]

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An American Face from the War in Iraq

There are few photos of the Iraq war as poignant and iconic as that of Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller. The photo, known as the “Marlboro Marine”, was taken by Los Angeles Times photojournalist Luis Sinco. The war-weary Marine with a cigarette dangling from his mouth in  the battle of Fallujah in 2004 is […]

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Politicians Don't Decide What Information Illuminates a Story

U.S. President Barack Obama reversed a significant decision this past week. He decided to go back on his promise to release photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan that were taken a few years ago. The popular sentiment among the more conservative-minded might be that Obama is well within his right as Commander-in-Chief to do […]

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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

The Japan Society of New York will be hosting an as-advertised “sold out” event tonight, May 12 with the author of The Blue Sweater, Jacqueline Novogratz. According to the Japan Society, the gist of the event’s focus is: Imagine a world where everyone has access to water, housing, health services and energy. That is the […]

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Unverified Information Dominating Pakistan News

The crisis in western Pakistan has heavily dominated the news in the past week, and rightly so. But there’s a huge hole in the story–the media is not allowed to go to the wild Swat Valley region where much of this story is happening. So, the media and people paying attention to this important story […]

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An Afghan Woman Journalist's View

After months of trying to track her down, I spoke with female journalist Farida Nekzad in Kabul, Afghanistan in the wee hours of a March morning by phone from New York. Nekzad shared with me her vision for her work and the future of journalists in Afghanistan.

You can read a feature-length story about Nekzad and other female journalists in Pakistan and Afghanistan in this month’s issue of Quill magazine here.

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'The Last Gorillas of the Congo' on Exhibit at Fovea

A photojournalism exhibition you do not want to miss if you are in the New York area is Brent Stirton’s “The Last Gorillas of the Congo” on display through August at Fovea. Stirton is an award-winning and otherwise highly-accomplished photojournalist. A senior staff photographer for Getty Images, his work is published in National Geographic, Newsweek, […]

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How China Censors Free Speech

A recent analysis of China’s media censorship practices deftly analyzes and explains the country’s system of repression and control of the media by using the threat of economically punishment. The piece, published on May 2 in the Far Eastern Economic Review, is aptly titled “China’s Commercialization of Censorship“. The piece not only explains how China […]

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Giving Journalists Tools to Tell Good Stories

Through a partnership with NOW on PBS, award-winning journalist and producer Bill Gentile has been teaching journalists how to do more with less. Through his backpack journalism workshops, Gentile teaches effective storytelling. The video of the training is now available online through PBS at: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/440/Journalism-Workshop.html Gentile is a 30-year veteran correspondent and a professor of […]

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Live Webcast of World Press Freedom Report

Freedom House will have a live webcast of the unveiling of it’s annual press freedom report on May 1 at 10a.m. EST. The report, which shows declines in press freedoms in every region for the first time, will be released two days ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Media are invited to […]

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About the Author

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times (www.theepochtimes.com). She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Poynter.org. Her blog on journalism is http://artofreportage.com.

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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