Y75 Project: Favorite saying of the month: Older woman (younger than me?) hiking the ramparts of the wall around Dubrovnik, Croatia with a bad hip. Said she as she leaned on her cane and headed up one of the 45+ flights of stairs: “An old woman’s got to do what an old woman’s got to do.”
Virtual Is My Reality: 20 years of iEARN conferences
From the iEARN-USA blog:
A faded red paper tulip from an iEARN conference sits in a vase in my bedroom. Ruty Hotzen (Daffodils and Tulips project) handed out the flowers to honor Arab students in East Jerusalem who planted tulips for an important commemorative occasion when Jewish students were restricted because of a religious holiday.
Who knew? This is why I keep the tulip in sight. When I read newspapers in the morning, I need to remember the stories I hear every July when I spend a week with idealists who are making good things happen, regardless. And every teacher everywhere knows what “regardless” means.
For more than 20 years, I have organized my vacations around iEARN’s gathering. When I signed up for my first conference, I expected to meet some interesting people in an intriguing place (Budapest) at an affordable price, including that (as an educator) it was a tax deduction. As hoped, I found nothing but positives and also, unexpectedly, discovered this was an incredible, unique opportunity to understand what was happening someplace….More
James Verini’s exploration of United Nations intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Old habits die hard*: Feeling super proud this morning of my alma mater: The prestigious George Polk award for magazine reporting went to James Verini, whose exploration of United Nations intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo appeared in National Geographic online.
Polk awards, now in its 66th year of honoring special achievement in journalism, were announced Sunday, Feb. 15.
“The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They were established in 1949 by Long Island University (LIU) to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war,” according to LIU’s news release.
The NYT quoted John Darnton, curator of the awards and former Times editor, saying this year’s winners reflected a rise in team projects, deep investigations and sophisticated online presentation, in the context of a “huge year for news,” in which journalists often put their safety at risk.
* I spent nearly 17 years getting out the news about National Geographic to staff, partners, and retirees as co-founder and editor of the Intranet. Great news, like this Polk recognition of Geographic journalists’ courage, is still something that thrills me to share.
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