UNC Journalism Students Launch “Living Galapagos”

We’re pleased to announce the release of “Living Galapagos,” a collection of student-produced multimedia stories about life in the Galapagos Islands.

For all of the attention that Charles Darwin brought to the Galápagos Islands, most people know surprisingly little about them. Since Darwin’s writings 200 years ago, the people of Galápagos – both residents and tourists – have fundamentally changed the natural habitat of the formerly pristine archipelago.

The site’s debut follows a month-long foreign reporting assignment in which 21 journalism students, one faculty member, and four professional journalists traveled to this unique ecosystem in summer 2009 to explore the impact that humans have had on the formerly pristine archipelago. They witnessed conservation, natural beauty and a welcoming culture. They also saw a host of environmental and cultural issues that leave the Galápagos Islands at a tipping point.

The students, guided by the faculty and professionals, used photos, audio, video, 360º panoramic photos, information graphics and design to examine the various environmental and cultural issues that have arisen in the Galapagos. The stories include themes ranging from invasive species and illegal fishing to surfing and the tourism industry. The stories of the people and their islands make up Living Galápagos, a documentary multimedia project that examines the battle for balance between man and nature.

We welcome you to view these stories and more at http://LivingGalapagos.org.

There will be a screening of the work on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30pm at the UNC-Chapel Hill FedEx Global Education Center. Hope to see everyone there.

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