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Dateline: Timbuktu

A slideshow presentation of National Geographic reporter Brent Stirton's reporting trip to Timbuktu. Based on an article in the January 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine. 

The End of the Foreign Correspondent?

On January 23rd, the legendary Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski died. The next day The Boston Globe closed its last three foreign bureaus. Kapuscinski was the inspiration to a generation of foreign correspondents, Poland?s only reporter outside its own borders during the Cold War who, since he couldn?t cover everything, had the latitude to report at length what he found interesting. The Globe, like The Baltimore Sun and other smaller-city papers, was forced to reduce its foreign coverage to save editorial jobs closer to home.

Pulitzer Center partnering with ICFJ to sponsor World Affairs Journalism Fellow

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is partnering with the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) to sponsor one of the World Affairs Journalism Fellowships. The Pulitzer Center WAJF Fellow will pursue a project that addresses an under-reported international issue through a combination of print and other media outlets. The designated fellow will receive additional support from the Pulitzer Center staff and the resulting project will be highlighted on the Pulitzer Center's Web site.

Jon Sawyer addresses Southeastern World Affairs Institute, July 2006

The following is an excerpt of an address delivered by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer to the Southeastern World Affairs Institute, July 30, 2006.

Was there ever a more urgent moment in which to examine the role and relevance of the United Nations? Was it ever more timely to recall first principles, the great traumas that occasioned the UN's creation and to the challenges that have beset it – and its supporters – from the very beginning?

"Media Misfires: Lessons from a Troubled Time" Jon Sawyer addresses The Roundtable

The following is an excerpt from "Media Misfires: Lessons from a Troubled Time," an address by Jon Sawyer delivered to The Roundtable on February 28, 2006.

It's a great pleasure to be here, and such an elegant occasion. It was at a dinner nearly this elegant, not so far from here and some 30 years ago, that I first met Joe and Annie Schlafly. It happened that my wife's mother and Ellen Conant, Annie's mother, had mutual friends from college – and so Ellen and George organized what they called an "informal little dinner" to introduce us to St. Louis.

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