Podcast: Crossings Radio

Informatíon: the Danish newspaper that gave refugee journalists a chance

In October 2015, Informatíon, a newspaper based in Copenhagen, Denmark, experimented by allowing refugee journalists to guest-edit an entire issue. In this episode of Crossings Radio, research fellow Emerson Malone speaks with Informatíon‘s senior foreign correspondent Charlotte Aagaard and freelance reporter Lilas Hatahet about this issue.

Read more about the issue from Informatíon here and listen to the episode below.

This program was produced by Emerson Malone. Music by Ben Stoneking.

‘Ink Assassin’ – How to Infuriate the President by Drawing a Cartoon

Xavier Bonilla, who draws for the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo under the pen name Mr. Bonil, was called “sick,” “cowardly,” and an “ink assassin” by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in January 2014.

In this episode, he sits down with Crossings reporters Emerson Malone and Reuben Unrau and discusses why he became a political cartoonist, losing colleagues at Charlie Hebdo, and how his work has irritated the president.

This episode would not have been possible without voice acting from Walker Davis, David Gallagher, and Nathan Stevens. We also received translation help from Felicia Hamilton, Ellen Howard, Sophie von Rohr, and Reuben Unrau.

Anastasia Stanko & Devices That Can Save Journalists’ Lives

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Anastasia Stanko at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia. Photo by Emerson Malone.

Ukrainian journalist Anastasia Stanko helped start online news station Hromadske.tv, one of the country’s only public news outlets, to offer an independent, objective voice to the nation where media is often skewed or biased. Hromadske.tv became popular during its live-streaming of the 2014 Maidan Revolution. Stanko discusses covering the violence in eastern Ukraine with her cameraman, prior to being kidnapped and detained in a basement for three days.

Our second guest, Caroline Neil, works with RPS Partnership, a media consultancy firm to help keep journalists safe in hostile areas. Neil speaks about the technology that journalists use in life-threatening situations, including the “security bracelet” that Stanko used when kidnapped.

Listen to this episode on the Crossings Institute website here.

What is Crossings Radio?

Broadcast from the University of Oregon, Crossings Radio is a venue for conflict-sensitive reporting and intercultural dialogue. Students serve as foreign correspondents and report stories from around the world, including Tunisia, France, Costa Rica, Cuba, Azerbaijan, and Latvia.

UNESCO Crossings Institute co-director Steven Shankman says that the program’s goal is “to make visible or audible the many instances of cultural religious and personal rapprochement that happen all around us throughout the world everyday.”

In this episode, Shankman outlines his vision for Crossings Radio during a presentation at the “What Is Journalism?” conference in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Christopher Chávez and The Charlie Hebdo attack

Following the January 7 attack on the newsroom of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, 12 people were killed. The attack, instigated by the magazine’s cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, raised numerous questions: what limits should be placed on the press’s liberty to offend another’s religious beliefs? Should freedom of the press be boundless?

“It’s so easy to rally behind the flag of free speech,” says University of Oregon professor Dr. Christopher Chávez, “and not understand the true implications that that free speech might have on marginalized communities.”

Host Emerson Malone considers the contentious French publication, and speaks with Chávez about the role of press freedom after the attack on the newsroom.

Behind the Byline, Pts. 1 & 2

Part one:

What are the ethics around reporting on a mass shooting?

With guests from the student newspaper at Umpqua Community College, faculty members, students and journalists gathered in Allen Hall at the University of Oregon to pull apart that question in the context of conflict-sensitive reporting and intercultural dialogue.

In the wake of the Roseburg tragedy, the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute hosted a two-part panel forum about reporting on mass shootings. During the first half, reporters who documented the shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus, and those who’ve broken similar news discussed how to mentally prepare and the practical ethics of approaching sources in distress.

Part two:

In this second installment of Behind the Byline, University of Oregon students and professors gather to discuss the ethics of reporting on the Umpqua Community College shooting.

The lineup features graduate student Charlie Deitz, who wrote his master’s thesis on the news coverage of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School; Rebecca Force and Dan Morrison, UO journalism professors; and Ryan Kang, a UO student and photojournalist, who was contracted to take photos at Roseburg following the shooting.

Jonathan Bach and Emerson Malone produced this piece.

This is a production of the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue.

More productions from UNESCO Crossings Institute can be found on its website.

Podcast: Emerald Podcast Network

The Weekly Show with Alex and Dahlia, Ep. 4

Going to the University of Oregon just became a little more expensive.

This week on The Weekly Show with Alex and Dahlia, co-hosts and head news correspondents Alexandra Wallachy and Dahlia Bazzaz discuss Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting – during which trustees voted to raise the cost of tuition – and the student protests that followed.

Also this week: Yik Yak users have been congregating to anonymously discuss Eugene’s pleasant weather. An 82-year-old Swede named Kerstin Wolgers used the Internet for the first time. Alex and Dahlia ponder the important questions: Is she a Mac or a PC? Has she discovered World Star Hip-Hop? Has she listened to The Weekly Show yet?

Craig and Emerson Have Issues, Ep. 4: ‘A Needed Response’ creator and Peabody-winning filmmaker Sam Stendal

In episode 4 of “Craig and Emerson Have Issues,” Sam Stendal has issues. The UO student speaks about her 26-second viral video “A Needed Response,” being one of Glamour Magazine’s inspiring women of 2014, and her experience at the Peabody Awards ceremony.

Stendal uploaded the video to YouTube on a Friday in March 2013 without the slightest idea of how it would steer her life. By the weekend, Stendal was authentically Internet famous.

“A Needed Response,” fueled a national conversation on sexual assault and was the first online video to receive a Peabody Award. It became fodder for the click bait, “You won’t believe what happens next” links, a recipient of a Telly Award and the reason why Stendal had a busy spring break. She booked a number of interviews on national television – including CNN and Katie Couric on CBS – radio programs and numerous other media outlets. She inadvertently became the mouthpiece for sexual assault on college campuses. Today, the video has reached nearly 10 million views.

Productions from the Emerald Podcast Network can be found on its SoundCloud page.

Video: Cycling

Kelsey Moore is the manager of Arriving By Bike, a cycling store located in South Willamette St., where road conditions can be unsafe for bicyclists. She advocates for bike lane implementation, although other residents business owners along Willamette St. oppose the idea.

Video: Comediennes

Leigh Anne Jasheway is a professional stand-up comedienne from Eugene, Oregon.


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