There will be a presentation tonight at 7:00pm at the Carolina Union Auditorium by documentarian David Johnson. Johnson will be sharing photographs and stories from his time documenting a refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan. These stories are the basis of his recent book “Voices from Sudan.” He will discuss the power of media and the mainstream press’s failure to highlight some of the realities in Darfur. All of the profits from sales of the book will go toward building wells and providing medicine and food for Sudanese.
Johnson graduated from UNC in 1998 and until recently was an English teacher in Charlotte, NC. He left his position to pursue his passion in international documentary work with an emphasis on raising awareness of situations of severe persecution and oppression. In 1997 he founded his non-profit organization, Silent Images. Learn more.
Seven years after North Carolina legislators voted to move mental health care toward private community providers, patients with mental illness and their families are still waiting for stable and reliable mental health care services. In Shadows is a documentary Web site dedicated to telling the stories of those caught in the middle of a broken system. Site launch is scheduled for October 2008.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication announces the release of http://www.AndamanRising.org, a collection of 15 student-produced multimedia stories about life in southern Thailand after the 2004 Asian tsunami.
The site’s debut follows a month-long foreign reporting assignment in which 14 journalism students traveled to the province of Phang-nga, Thailand to explore some of the most intimate corners of Thai society.
Based out of a village next to the Andaman Sea, students used photos, audio, video, graphics and design to craft cultural snapshots of a region that has risen above tragedy. Working with a team of Thai translators, they documented the story of a teenage cross-dresser in a traditional Muslim community, the narrative of an illegal immigrant family from Myanmar, and the spiritual transformation of a young monk.
Congratulations to all the students involved and a special thanks to all the wonderful families in Thailand who generously allowed us a glimpse into their lives.
Three CPJ multimedia sites are scheduled to go live this summer: Nuevas Fronteras, Andaman Rising and Cape Fear to Down Here.
Nuevas Fronteras is a series of multimedia features that deal with the impact of the rising Latino population in North Carolina.
Andaman Rising is a rich multimedia Web site, which documents the lives of the people living off southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea, which, during the 2004 tsunami, rose up and destroyed a lifestyle it previously sustained.
Cape Fear to Down Here, the 2008 installment of the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, explores the cultures and traditions of North Carolina’s rapidly-growing Brunswick Islands.
Photo by Eileen Mignoni, from “Cape Fear to Down Here.”