Costa Rica’s Channel 7 TV crew covered the journey of two U.S. Coast Guard cutters donated to the Costa Rican Coast Guard during the Media Co-Op on “U.S.-Costa Rican Partnership Transforms Security Capabilities in the Pacific.” The cutters were retrofitted to suit Costa Rican drug, human trafficking, and illegal fishing interdiction. The journalists filmed the official flag-raising ceremony at Coast Guard Yard Station Curtis Bay in Baltimore, MD featuring Sharon Day, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. They interviewed Costa Rican Security Minister Mata who was also present during the event. On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Embassy and government of Costa Rica held an official ceremony in San José, Costa Rica, highlighting the arrival of the two USG donated, 110-foot long cutters. The program concluded with the training of Costa Rican Coast Guard personnel and their voyage from Baltimore, MD.
The Phillipines GMA News TV team on the Media Co-Op, “Filipino-Americans in Public Service,” produced two hour-long episodes for its award winning documentary program, “Reel Time.” The first episode focused on the inspiring story of Filipino math teacher Peter Esperanza and the second episode featured the amazing journeys of prominent Filipinos-Americans, including the first Filipino-American legislator in California. These two programs reached an estimated 2 million television viewers across the Philippines.
Francisco Palmieri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, spoke to Venezuelan journalists from online publication Runrun.es on sanctions and the U.S. government’s commitment to helping the Venezuelan people live in a democratic society. The Venezuelan Media Co-Op on “Behind the Sanctions: Sanctions for Democracy,” also interviewed U.S. Department of the Treasury officials who emphasized how sanctions are in place against specific Venezuelan officials and that the U.S. stands with the Venezuelan people to improve the situation.
As part of the Ethiopia Media Co-Op on “Introducing American Business Ideals,” Ethiopia’s EBS TV reporter Samrawit Assefa Hailu presented five episodes entitled, “Ethio Business Silicon Valley.” Pictured left, she discusses foreign direct investment with Microsoft’s Global Communication General Manager.
The Pakistan Media Co-Op on “Democracy through Local Governance,” focused on local governments of small, mid, and large size cities in America. The Karachi-based Sindh TV journalists visited New York City, NY; Houston, TX; and then Artesia, CA to learn about best practices. The crew interviewed District Manager of the City of New York, Community Board #14 Brooklyn and spoke with the Mayor of Houston, about city governance, budget building, transportation and sanitation. They concluded the program with an interview of the first Pakistani-American Mayor and Council member of Artesia, California.
For its Media Co-Op on “Fighting Corruption,” the Kosovo TV Dukagini team interviewed NYC Department of Investigations (DOI) Commissioner, New York Daily News court reporter, and officials from the organization, “Represent Us,” about their anti-corruption initiatives. The crew concluded its program in Seattle, WA with interviews of Chris Bayley, former Prosecutor and author of “Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle.”
During the Jordan Media Co-Op on “Jordanian Diaspora in the U.S.,” Jordan’s Radio Fann host Hani al Badri and team broadcast live radio programs from New York and California to Amman, Jordan. Al Badri met with a group of prominent Jordanians in New Rochelle, NY and interviewed Mrs. Rana Samarneh for a Jordanian television program.
For their Media Co-Op on “U.S. Educational Establishments,” three Uzbek multimedia journalists from Gazeta.uz, Kultura.uz new, and Bog’dod TV visited Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Indiana University, and the University of Washington, Seattle. At NOVA they heard about the gateway that two-year community colleges offer to foreign students seeking education in the U.S. In total, they produced over 30 placements on education in the U.S., including full TV programs which ran on Bog’dod TV under the name “Impressions of America.”
For the Media Co-Op on “The Future is Bright: Solar Energy & Renewables,” the Armenia Public TV crew made visits to Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; and Miami, FL. Left, the journalists interview Ruth Prideaux from Dominion Energy about the new solar farm in the Virginia countryside, which will be used to power a Microsoft data processing center in the region. The Public TV crew produced two pieces that aired on the main national TV station, viewed by about 45% of the Armenian public. In addition to the broadcasts, the two video reports were also shared through Public TV’s social media.
Three Uzbek journalists from independent online outlets Kun.uz, Daryo.uz, and Xabar.uz conducted their Media Co-Op on “Transparency in U.S. Courts and Respect for Human Rights.” In Chicago, they learned about how jails are run by local law enforcement and/or local government agencies during a tour of the Cook County Jail. They also visited Washington, DC and New York City.
Russian journalists from Kultura TV visited Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and New Orleans for the Media Co-Op on “Exploring America’s Cultural Identity: Cities and Scenes That Made Jazz.” The journalists spoke with the curator of the show “Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950” at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, a show that has an emphasis on early days of jazz. In Washington, they met with curators and archivists at the Smithsonian Museum of American History Duke Ellington archive and the Hirshhorn before interviewing a Jazz History professor at Howard University. They also spoke with Library of Congress senior musicologist about George and Ira Gershwin’s life and their objects at the library. They wrapped up their program in New Orleans with interviews at the Jazz Museum and at the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2018.
For its Media Co-Op on “Pakistani Diaspora in the U.S.: Focus on Women,” the Lahore, Pakistan City42 journalists interviewed three prominent Pakistani American women in Washington, DC, including a professor at Georgetown University Hospital specializing in family and international humanitarian medicine; a South Asia expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies who has worked at the U.S. Department of State and the White House National Security Council; an entrepreneur who started a venture capital company that helps fund Pakistani start-ups. The crew aired a two-piece documentary entitled, “The Ambassadors: The Story of Pakistani American Women.”
As part of its Media Co-Op on “Waste Management,” the ELTR TV crew from the Kyrgyz Republic visited New York City, NY; Washington, DC; and Boulder, CO, and focused on bringing back useful tips on waste management and recycling.
Azerbaijan’s CBC TV crew explored the relationship between Azerbaijan and the U.S., with a focus on energy and trade with visits to New York, NY; Washington, DC; and Houston, TX on the Media Co-Op “Azerbaijan-U.S. Relations.” The journalists developed more than two dozen reports that underscored the U.S.’ political and economic support for Azerbaijan’s stated goal of diversifying its economy and furthering its commitment to strengthen global energy security.
Several teams from the Baltics collaborated on the Hybrid “Out of Many, One: Community Identities in America,” focusing on how immigrants have successfully adjusted to life in America. As a result of their interviews with immigrants from Lithuania, Poland and Russia in Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO, the Lithuanian journalists published 19 stories. They also produced a series of multimedia stories entitled, “The American Dream,” which displayed how the immigrants have embraced American life and culture whole-heartedly, in addition to the hardships they experienced at first.
The Estonian journalists from ERR and ETV+ visited the Washington, DC and Houston, TX areas exploring the same topic. Public broadcaster ERR’s Russian language Raadio4 published a series of video stories on ERR’s Facebook page called “Searching for the American Dream,” reporting on multiple aspects of American immigrant communities. The episodes deal with themes of adjusting to the American way of life, including academics, and defining a new identity. The episodes have featured several immigrants from many different countries.
Teams from Turkey’s T24 and Journo as well as from digital outlets Dokuz8 News and Diken focused on “Media Entrepreneurship” as part of their Hybrid Co-Ops. The teams visited New York City, Washington, DC and San Francisco where they explored the phenomenon of citizen journalism and what is happening globally to traditional and citizen journalists. In Washington, the digital journalists interviewed professors at American University about the First Amendment and the future of digital media. They also met with the International Center for Journalists to discuss ICFJ’s programs and a possible training program in Turkey.
Five radio journalists from Western India participated in a Media Hybrid on “Shaping the Press Freedom Narrative,” which included a visit to RCA B studio in Nashville, TN, where they did live reports to audiences throughout India. They were also special guests in the California Bay Area on community radio DeHotties in San Jose and Bolly 92.3 in Santa Clara where they also participated in a live broadcast to Indian American Communities in Silicon Valley.