• Feb 192008

    New York Times reporter shares experiences with Russian journalists

    One of the three Moscow-based New York Times reporters recently visited the news room of Moi Rayon for an informal discussion about reporting, politics, and the relative merits of the New York City and Moscow metro systems. While the US has many positive aspects, the New York Times reporter on the record preferred the Moscow metro.

    Dmitri Surnin, editor-in-chief at Moi Rayon-Moscow, listens as Andrew Kramer, New York Times correspondent, discusses his work with Russian journalists at Moi Rayon.

  • Feb 152008

    Observing training sessions in foreign cultures is valuable experience

    Cultural differences come to the fore as participants and trainers work together to solve organization's problems

    Academics argue about what “culture” is – but anyone who has lived in a foreign country knows that clear differences in social behavior and expectations exist. I have been living in a foreign country – Russia - for nearly three months, and at this point cultural differences don’t usually get my attention. Sometimes, however, they do.

  • Feb 32008

    The Changers versus The Warmers

    Move over Hatfields and McCoys. It's the Changers and Warmers – as in Climate Change and Global Warming – who are having the big feud.

    Is Global Warming the right name for the phenomenon now taking place or is Climate Change the more appropriate one? Is Change just a politically motivated, watered down term meant to lull people? Or is Warming an inadequate, too narrowly focused appellation?

    It's a hotly debated subject and it is relevant for me in an unusually cold New Delhi while I prepare for a meeting of editors on – well, whatever is happening to the climate, the globe ...

  • Feb 12008

    Signs of hope in young Russian journalism students

    Intensive journalism classes begin in Moscow newsroom.

    Eric Schwartz (left) and Alexei Terehov of Moi Rayon talk with young journalism students.

    Western commentators understandably worry about growing restrictions on press freedom in Russia, but in the eyes of new journalism students in Moscow I see bright signs of hope. At the Moscow newspaper office of Moy Rayon, we are holding journalism classes for about a dozen young students, who exhibit much of the same fire found in journalism students in the United States. They want to find and tell the stories in their neighborhoods.

  • Dec 132007

    Russian bureaucrats choke flow of information for local journalists

    On top of the normal challenges faced by journalists everywhere, Russian journalists find that government sources at all levels are restricting even basic information to the press.   The Yeltsin years in Russia were chaotic and sometimes dangerous, but they afforded journalists great opportunities. The relaxation of press restrictions that began with Perestroika continued, and even stolid bureaucrats became more communicative as the power became decentralized.

    But Russia seems to have become more difficult for journalists recently.

  • Dec 122007

    Report from Bali: Getting developing country journalists to cover climate conference

    Barely 10 percent of the journalists covering the United Nations climate change conference were from the developing countries (if those from the host country were not counted). Yet these countries will bear the brunt of climate changes, and initiatives at the conference will affect them profoundly.

  • Dec 52007

    Training Workshop Environmental Journalism on Climate Change Program Plan

    Last month, The Jakarta Post requested Jody McPhillips and I to help them develop program plan on environmental journalism training workshop on climate change issues for the Post's journalists who will cover climate change conference in Bali.

  • Oct 122007


    Is an interactive training module, produced by Knight Fellow Stephen Franklin, which is intended as a basic introduction to the new online world of Web logs or "blogs."

  • Oct 122007

    Knight Director Elisa Tinsley Hosts Alumni Reception in Amman

    Knight International Director Elisa Tinsley hosted the event at the Wild Jordan Restaurant, which overlooks one of the fastest-growing cities and media markets in the Middle East...

  • Oct 122007

    Thoughts on Good Journalism from a Ugandan Newsroom

    Fellow Bill Ristow kept a running diary of his work with the New Vision newspaper.

    Bill Ristow, who just completed his Knight Fellowship as newsroom trainer at Uganda’s New Vision newspaper, wrote a weekly newsletter, “20-20 Vision,” that became a must-read for journalists at the New Vision and elsewhere. Among Ristow’s parting thoughts for his colleagues was this “Top Ten to Remember” list: