IRP News

  • David Francis Quoted on Bombing in Nigeria

    After a bomb was detonated on Christmas Day in Nigeria, killing at least 35 people, 2011 IRP Fellow David Francis weighed in on religious violence in Nigeria, a topic he covered thoroughly when he visited the country last fall. Francis was also quoted by reporters covering the attack in two publications. Molly Born, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Nigerians Here Fret Homeland's Violence," relied on Francis's expertise in the wake of the bombing. "They warned they were going to do this," David told her, remarking in particular that Sunday was "the perfect storm of international news coverage." Born continued, ...

  • Davan Maharaj Named Editor of The Los Angeles Times

    The Los Angeles Times has announced that on December 23, Davan Maharaj will succeed Russ Stanton as executive vice president and editor of the paper. Maharaj, the managing editor for news at The Times since May 2008, traveled to Uganda on a fact-finding Gatekeeper Editors trip with IRP in 2008. More from the announcement: “Maharaj becomes the 15th editor of The Times. He joined the company in 1989, working as a reporter in Orange County, Los Angeles and East Africa. His six-part series "Living on Pennies," in collaboration with Times photographer Francine Orr, won the 2004 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing and...

  • David Taylor Featured in The Washington Post

    Students in a drumming class led by Mamadou Kouyate at La Bouzou, in Segou.Photo: David Taylor Cara Kelly recently wrote in ArtsPost about David Taylor's article, "In Mali, the Music Scene Is Popping," published in The Washington Post's Travel section. David Taylor reported on malaria and music in Mali on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP). Noting Mali's unremarkable capital and its place among the 25 poorest countries in the world, Kelly also draws attention to the West African's status as "an international hot spot for soulful music": "David A. Taylor, who was a...

  • Advice on International Reporting From an IRP Fellow

    How do you report objectively and efficiently from a potentially dangerous foreign location? With a lot of planning and clear thinking. David Francis, who reported from Nigeria as a fall 2011 IRP fellow and who has previously covered Afghanistan, Mexico and Germany, believes that scheduling your trip and networking with experts before you leave for a country is very important. Picking up tips from foreign reporters who have also reported from the country in question as well as getting in touch with local reporters and connecting to the local media scene is critical. Speaking to think tanks, academics and government officials...

  • Seema Mathur Continues Coverage on Post-Conflict Liberia

    Since traveling to Liberia in fall 2010 as an IRP Fellow, Seema Mathur has continued to cover the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the lives of Liberians following a brutal 14-year civil war. Her reports from her fellowship, which aired on CNN, focused on topics such as the sexual violence during the civil war and the myriad issues in reintegrating former warlords into the post-conflict society. Seema also reflected on how individuals and nations reconcile themselves to atrocities committed during and in the wake of war in a video interview with IRP.Following her IRP fellowship, Mathur's interest in Liberia has...

  • IRP fellow to Rwanda to Launch New International Affairs Coverage Initiative

    John Rash, a columnist and editorial writer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, unveiled a new initiative today called "Great Decisions," which will highlight an international issue every month. Because of the disruption to the traditional news model caused by technological innovation, Rash writes, important international coverage has been reduced. Moreover, those who are able to cover the world place themselves in danger; Rash cites the Committee to Protect Journalists' figure of 75 journalists killed and 145 journalists incarcerated worldwide last year. For those reasons, Rash continues, he will be embarking on an IRP Editors trip to Rwanda next month: "During Rwanda'...

  • Kira Kay and Jason Maloney Report on Liberia for PBS NewsHour

    PBS NewsHour aired the first story of a three-part series on Liberia by former IRP Fellows Kira Kay and Jason Maloney, co-founders of the nonprofit production company Bureau for International Reporting. The report, entitled "For Liberia, Natural Resources Are Blessings, Curses on Road to Democracy," covers the current re-election bid of Nobel Peace Prize winner and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and examines the status of development and security in the country. Their second and third reports, on the need for mental health care in Liberia for the high rates of PTSD and on natural resources development, will follow in the...

  • Jayshree Bajoria Develops Crisis Guide to Iran

    Jayshree Bajoria, an IRP Gatekeeper Editor to Indonesia in 2011, reported and wrote for the Crisis Guide: Iran, a multimedia presentation looking at the different crises related to the country from nuclear to human rights to economy, recently released by the Council on Foreign Relations and Media Storm. The guide traces Iran's history and its evolution as an Islamic Republic, offering a range of expert opinions on the main policy options for dealing with Iran.

  • Andrew Sussman Produces Coverage of Egyptian Conflict

    PRI's "The World" recently reported on the protests in Egypt. Andrew Sussman, the executive producer of PRI's "The World," was a 2006 Gatekeeper Editor to Egypt. Many of the contacts he made and the issues the Gatekeeper Editors examined assisted him in reporting on the current uprising in Egypt. The United States has urged the Egyptian authorities to implement political and economic reforms while calling for calm as protesters burned government buildings in Egypt. The government there has blamed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood for the violence. But novelist and activist Alaa Al Aswany, speaking from Cairo with host Marco...

  • “Gesar of Ling” Film Screening

    In fall 2002, IRP Fellow Rob Schmitz reported on one of the last living Tibetans in China who sing "Gesar of Ling," an epic poem that tells of Tibet's ancient past. The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City will show Schmitz's video of the poem's recitation along with another report on the tradition in its "Lunch Matters" discussion series. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00. Rob Schmitz is the China Bureau Chief for the public radio business program Marketplace, produced by American Public Media.