Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Instagram 'micro-influencer' seeks to capitalize on boom
By  • 7 December 2019
‘My main challenge is dealing with the people that only want to bring me down.’ [caption id="attachment_10705" align="alignleft" width="200"] Janese Watson (courtesy)[/caption] For top celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande, a single Instagram post…
Pay for play persists in music industry
By  • 9 May 2019
"Promoters are giving incentives to the person at the radio station to play an album." The problem of payola, the practice of bribing of paying someone to use their influence to promote a particular product…
Turning ocean garbage into advocacy art
By , • 25 April 2019
"We're sort of aware of that we're in a building that's on fire." When she was eight, Pamela Longobardi nearly drowned in the Atlantic while bodysurfing in New Jersey. A riptide sucked her towards an…
China pushes 'new Silk Road' to Latin America
By , • 19 April 2019
'China's very much in the region to stay' When Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled what became known as the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, the massive infrastructure project was quickly dubbed the "New Silk…
In Cuban youth, photographer finds hope and frustration
By , • 12 April 2019
"I tried to document the power of the youth, really willing to explode" Shortly after U.S. president Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro announced in 2014 that the two countries would normalize relations after 54-years…
Project Exile: Threatened in Mexico, Facing Deportation in U.S.
By  • 12 April 2019
Mexican soldiers sent a reporter a warning. Now the U.S. wants to send him back. On a sunny day in June 2008 in the small city of Ascensión in northern Mexico, journalist Emilio Gutiérrez got…
Documenting Colombia's child soldiers
By  • 3 December 2018
"Sometimes it's with gifts, they lure children with gifts." Photojournalist Juan Arredondo was on assignment with the Red Cross in Colombia in 2014 covering the government's long-running conflict with rebels from the FARC and the…
Climate change, environment highlight photographer's work
By  • 16 May 2018
From the Arctic to the Amazon, Joanna Pinneo has made spotlighting climate change a specialty Twenty years ago this month, National Geographic's cover featured Joanna Pinneo's iconic photograph of a sleeping Tuareg mother and child…
'Red Sand' project spotlights trafficking
By  • 10 April 2018
"We can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric cracks." From forced marriage in Afghanistan to unpaid laborers in southeast Asia's fishing industry, the U.N.'s…
Teen pregnancy in Latin America, photographed
By  • 6 April 2018
"It’s...going against a tide of cultural behavior that says not only is teen pregnancy okay, it’s kind of expected." Brooklyn-based photographer and writer Joey O'Loughlin has spent much of her two- [caption id="attachment_9184" align="alignleft" width="207"]…
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