What can you expect from Al Jazeera America online?
By: Andrea Stone and Tony Karon, Senior Executive Producers, Digital News
News that is timely. Accurate. Objective. Homegrown, but with a global perspective. Reporting that delves deeper and gives context to bring clarity in a crowded, noisy media market. Analysis that provides clarity through context.
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Reblogging so people know that AJAM - and we do pronounce it like A-rod around here - shows are on Tumblr too. Fault Lines is on AJ English and on America.
(p.s. Hi Mark, I’m running this Tumblr now. *waves* -KT)
If you have not seen the 2011 Oscar Nominated film Gasland directed by Josh Fox, then I recommend that you see it yesterday. But if you wanted to more gain insight on the controversial issue of Horizontal Hydraulic Fracking, then look no further. Fault Lines is back again and this time they are deconstructing how exactly natural gas fits in the global energy matrix.
Our Fault Lines episode on drones and the future of the US military and intelligence airs tonight at 2230 GMT/5:30p EST on Al Jazeera English.
We won an award (the duPont Award for Excellence)
Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, one of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning, a marker of the Qatar-based news network’s expansion into the United States.
The duPont award recognized excellent reporting by “Fault Lines,” AJE’s weekly documentary program that primarily examines the United States’ role in the world; the winning program highlighted the struggles and slow recovery in Haiti six months after the earthquake.
More details from the awards site:
Al Jazeera English
“Fault Lines, Haiti – Six Months On”
Excellent long-form reporting that revealed the ongoing vulnerability of civilians in Haiti and the inaction of international agencies
This outstanding documentary took an uncompromising look at the shortcomings of international aid and peacekeeping in Haiti six months after the devastating earthquake, reminding the world that the survivors still face urgent crises. Reporter Sebastian Walker covered the disaster in Haiti in January 2010 and stayed with the story in the months that followed as Al Jazeera English’s Haiti correspondent. With Al Jazeera English’s flagship news program Fault Lines, Walker scrutinized international aid organizations, local politics, U.N. peacekeeping and reconstruction plans. The team produced an emotional, accurate and visceral report about the lack of progress in reconstruction.
Sebastian Walker, reporter; Jeremy Dupin, Andréa Schmidt, producers; Alfredo De Lara, Snorre Wik, photographers; Andréa Schmidt, Mat Skene, writers; Warwick Meade, editor; Widney Labrousse, driver; Mat Skene, executive producer
Congrats to the all the members of the Fault Lines that helped on that episode, and all the episodes in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Sectarian violence looms over US pullout from Iraq…
I traveled to northern Iraq last year to film an episode of Fault Lines about the coming Iraqi elections, but instead found a story about deep divisions between Kurds and Sunni Arabs along a line from Kirkuk to Mosul known as the trigger line. Yesterday’s Washington Post ran a front-page story about a report that predicts violence along this rift if the US military pulls out this year. From my experience, which you can watch in the clip above, I concur.
Here are a few pix from the trip:
Inside a detention cell in a Kirkuki jail. Arabs say Kirkuk police are mostly Kurdish and that they unfairly and disproportionately target Arabs as part of a plan for Kurds to pull Kirkuk—and its oil—into Kurdistan. Arabs also claim to be the target of a kidnapping campaign by the Kurdish secret police, Asayish, in which Arabs are disappeared into prisons inside Kurdistan. Kurdish officials deny this.
At a meeting in an Arab village south of Kirkuk. Arabs here are suspicious of the Kurds and their presumed backers, Americans.
A Kurdish guard keeps watch in a Kirkuki jail.
What “life” in prison really means…
The Washington Post has a front page (at least on their iPad version) review of a new documentary called “Serving Life” that airs tonight on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From the trailer, it looks really good. It’s such a tough, but important issue. I filmed a similar story last year (above) called “Dying Inside” with producer, Jeremy Young, and cinematographer, Snorre Wik. We gained access to eight prisons in three states: Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and New York. We interviewed one prisoner who was 100 years old (he has since passed away); gained exclusive access to an entire wing dedicated to inmates with Alzheimers; and witnessed sincere and surprising acts of compassion. Here are a few photos from the journey:
Inmate staring out of his cell at the Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Convicted child molester at James Crabtree Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Elderly Inmates are often victimized by younger, stronger prisoners. Inmates inside Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Inmates at Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Mary Rowe: convicted murderer, one-time prison escapee, grandmother and published poet. Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Inmate, Joseph Harp Correctional Facility.
Stroke victim and inmate, Bobby Moore. Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Inmate with Alzheimer’s in Fishkill Correctional Facility, New York. Often when I take a photo of someone I will show them their image on the screen on the back of my camera. The first inmate I did that with in the Alzheimer’s wing got very upset because he didn’t recognize himself. I believe it was partially because of the disease, but also because there are no mirrors allowed in the facility, so he hadn’t seen his reflection in nearly thirty years and didn’t realize how the decades had effected his appearance.
Willie Prenell. Convicted of first degree murder in 1977. He’s spent most of his life in prison for killing his friend Kieth Thompson in Oklahoma City.
Inmate watching the sunset from the yard at James Crabtree Correctional Facility, Oklahoma.
Check out this report about a FARC attack in Cauca, Colombia, last week:
Parts of our show, Gold Fever (above), were filmed in the vicinity of this attack. The scenes at the end of the program were filmed in Mondomo which is about 25 miles west of where this attack took place in Toribio.