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FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

June 23, 2016

Well, this is it. The end. The time for people to begin leaving with tears in their eyes and fond recollections of the Free Spirit experience. It hearkens back to a certain APPSE class I once had...but I digress. Though it was our final day, we certainly weren't going to waste it sitting around doi...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

June 22, 2016

It seems like only yesterday that we were just getting to know each other and laughing over our mediocre Newsmania abilities. Now it's Day 4, and we only have one more full day together. Such is life. Our first session today was at the Newseum's memorial area to those journalists who lost their lives doing th...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 3: News Pros, the Future, and a Little Bit of Politics

June 21, 2016

BOOM! Day 3 already! This conference is going by faster than a free eagle flies majestically into the sunset.  Today was chop full of good stuff, so I'll try to keep it brief. We begin our narrative on Floor 7 of the Newseum. Our first presentation was with 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim. She ...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

June 20, 2016

Day 2 began early, with a hotel breakfast and a 7:30 departure for NBC studios. We were off to Meet the Press. Everyone was excited for the interviews with Paul Ryan and Loretta Lynch, as well as just seeing the filming of the news show. Cut to twenty minutes later as everyone (crammed onto a single ble...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

June 18, 2016

It's Free Spirit time! I arrived today in DC with high hopes and an even higher level of nervous. When one loses one's itinerary before the trip, it's difficult for one to know what's going to happen. Luckily for me, however, I was supplied with everything I could possibly need to be a good little jou...

Tajikistan Wrap-Up

August 20, 2014

Well, that's it! I'm home! It seems like everything went so quickly. One second it's 3 in the morning in Dushanbe and I'm saying goodbye to everyone, the next I'm sitting in the Istanbul airport, and now suddenly I'm sitting back in my own bedroom blogging. What a crazy trip! In the end, however, it's...

Final Days: Dushanbe Two-Day Summary

August 19, 2014

Hello all from back in America! I realize I haven't posted another Dushanbe summary since August 15, so that means all you lovely folks haven't heard about our last two days in the capital of Tajikistan. On Saturday, we all went to the Photojournalism Exhibition in the American Corner in Dushanbe. The...

What’s Happening in Dushanbe? Two-Day Update

August 15, 2014

Howdy, goers of West Side Stories Online! I've been in Tajikistan the past couple of days, and I'm sure you're curious about what's going on. The flight here, in a word, was long. A 10 hour flight to Istanbul followed by a 4 hour wait in the airport followed by a 4 hour flight to Dushanbe followed by...

Tosa Loot, State Fair, and Other Things

August 11, 2014

Hello again to all you whippersnappers of the web! It looks like this will be my last post from Wisconsin for a little while. It certainly is exciting having the departure time so close at hand! Let's jump right into things: One of the things us students are in charge of when heading out to Tajikist...

Introducing Culture Compilations!

August 4, 2014

Hello again, inhabitants of the interweb! It's been a while since I've put something on here, but don't worry: it's for a good reason. Over the recent weeks, I've been around the area a bit, and I thought to myself: "What better way to share Wisconsin culture with the Tajiks and Pakistanis than with short vi...

Video – Ms. Bagin’s Illness Avoidance Tips

July 29, 2014

This is the video I mentioned in my previous post: footage from my talk with Ms. Bagin the travel nurse and some helpful subtitles. Watch the video View the alternate blog  ...

How to Avoid Sickness: My Talk With a Travel Nurse

July 21, 2014

Hello again, people of the Internet! I realize my last post was rather snarky and sarcastic, so I'll try to limit my bizarre witticisms this time around and from here forward. In preparation for my journey, I went to a couple of clinics last week. First, I went to my own doctor to get a Hepatitis A immun...

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