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Walk Like a Journalist: Hardy Middle School Student Photography Exhibition

Event Date:

January 26, 2017 | 6:30 PM EST


Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 615

Washington, DC 20036

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As Paul Salopek journeys around the world on foot, he will follow the migration pathways of our...


Students from Hardy Middle School in Washington, DC, exhibit their photography at the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, January 26, 2017, featuring work they created as part of a series of "Walk Like a Journalist" workshops, inspired by Paul Salopek and his Out of Eden Walk.

The reporting and photography workshops in late 2016 examine the methods of the Out of Eden Walk reporting project launched in early 2013 by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Salopek plans to walk approximately 21,000 miles along one potential migratory path our ancestors are believed to have taken from Africa to South America over the course of roughly 50,000 years. Salopek's goal throughout his Out of Eden Walk, anticipated to take at least a decade now to complete, is to take a slow approach to reporting that allows readers to reflect on how the small things we notice as we walk through the world reveal larger international issues.

The Hardy Middle School students started their "Walk Like a Journalist" program by exploring photographs, interviews and video from Salopek's project to analyze what a "slow approach" to journalism can reveal about the world. Next, they met with photojournalist Allison Shelley at Pulitzer Center's office to learn reporting and photography skills that they then applied to a reporting assignment in Dupont Circle.

At the conclusion of the second workshop, students were tasked with completing their own slow reporting projects in their communities. At the final workshop, students reflected on their experience reporting in Dupont Circle and discussed tips for revising photos and captions before publishing. Students then shared images and captions from the reporting projects in their communities and worked in small groups to revise their projects.

Hardy Middle School students, faculty and families are welcome to join us at the Pulitzer Center office for the January 26 exhibition of the "Walk Like a Journalist" photographs and reports that students created as part of the workshop process. Light refreshments provided.

Please contact education[at] if you have questions about this event or if you are interested in bringing this program to your school. The Walk Like a Journalist project was funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Walk Like a Journalist" - Hardy Middle School Students Photography Exhibition, Remarks and Reception
Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm
Pulitzer Center
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036
Closest metro: Dupont Circle

Learn more about similar "Walk Like a Journalist" workshops and contact the Pulitzer Center to bring this program to your school.


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