2016 – International Association for Media and Communication Research conference in Leicester. Presenter: "New(s) Access? Local News and Alternative Journalism at U.S. Community TV Stations" paper. Download here.
2016 – Alliance for Community Media conference in Boston. Presenter: "New(s) Access? Local News and Alternative Journalism at U.S. Community TV Stations" paper. Download here.
2016 – College Media Association New York conference. Completed training: CMA Adviser Certification Program, March 12-15.
2015 – Massachusetts House of Representatives: Citation for "role in advancing independent local journalism” for work related to SNN [see below].
2014 – Alliance for Community Media Northeast conference in New Hampshire. Presenter: "If You Build It, They Will Come: How to Kickstart a Community Newsroom."
2013 – Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janiero. Presenter: “Watchdogging Haiti’s Earthquake from the Grassroots – A New Model?”
2013 – International Association for Media and Communication Research conference in Dublin. Presenter: “Hybrid in Haiti” paper.
2010 – Nonprofit Technology Network Conference. Co-moderator: “Measuring your Impact – Understanding the Need” workshop.
2010 – World Association of Community Radio Animators (AMARC). Expert Assessor for Emergency Needs Assessment Mission to Haiti following earthquake.
2008 – Casey Journalism Center. Paid "Casey Fellow" to attend “Communities in Flux” seminar.
2008 – Poynter Institute. Won grant to attend one-week “The Backpack Journalist” seminar.
2004 – Finalist: Rory Peck Award for Hard News for freelance video work in a war zone.
2004 – Co-recipient: Sam Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism, North American Congress on Latin America, NY, NY.
2001 – Massachusetts House of Representatives: Citation for "tireless dedication and leadership... (while) building partnerships with city government, community businesses and immigrant communities" while at SCATV [see 2000-2001, below].
1998 – AMARC: Citation for radio program on women's rights.
1995 – UTNE Reader: Citation for Haiti Info [see below] as #7 on the list of "The Best of the Alternative Media."
1991 – Council on International Non-theatrical Events - Golden Eagle Award for segment from Local Heroes, Global Change, a four-part series for PBS produced by South Carolina ETV. I was series researcher and also a segment producer.
1983 – Radcliffe Fellowship grant for writing project in Liberia.
Work/Major writings or documentaries
(To see some of the papers and articles mentioned above or below, check out my academia.edu page)
Sept. 17 Associate Professor of the Practice: Dept. of Journalism, Boston University College of Communication.
Winter 17 Author: "Follow the Money: Student Journalists Track Earthquake Aid," Sextant, page 24.
Fall 15-May 17 Full-time Lecturer: Salem State University. Taught "Introduction to Communications" and three multimedia journalism courses, including two whose students published in Salem State Reports. Served on department's curriculum reform committee.
Jan. 16 Author: "Resisting the Gold Rush in Haiti" in Peace Review Vol. 28, #1. (Available on demand.)
June 15 Contributor: The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, Chris Atton, editor.
Jan. 14-May 15 Occasional contributor: The Somerville Journal.
Jan. 14-May 14 Part-time faculty: The Experimental College, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Taught “Haiti, the US, and the Politics of Disaster.”
July 10-Jan. 14 Founder and coordinator: Haiti Grassroots Watch, a networked, multimedia, multi-language investigative journalism partnership based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sept. 13-May 15 Director: Somerville Neighborhood News, Somerville, MA.
Jan 12-May 12 Part-time faculty: The Experimental College, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Designed and taught “Investigating Somerville” with assistance of the editor of the Somerville Journal. Students produced investigative pieces for the newspaper.
Sept. 10-July 13 Part-time Faculty: State University of Haiti - Faculty of Human Sciences, Port-au-Prince, HAITI. Designed and taught "Investigative Journalism" four times.
Feb. 10-Jan. 14 Occasional contributor: Inter Press Service and numerous other outlets.
July 04-Apr. 11 Co-director and co-producer (part-time): When The Drum Is Beating, award-winning feature-length documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was shown at other festivals worldwide and then aired (shortened version) on PBS’ Independent Lens.
Sept. 09 Contributor: Six entries on Haitian social movement media efforts and history, for Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, John D.H. Downing, editor.
Feb. 09-July 10 Director of Communications: U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Oversaw written and online communication, developed and implemented integrated communications plan, including new media, social media and online activism strategies, developed new/social media guidelines for all state PIRGs.
Sept. 05-Jan. 09 Freelance Producer, Shooter, Writer, occasional Desk Manager and Final Cut Pro instructor: Associated Press Television News, NY, USA.
Nov. 07 Director/editor/videographer: Seeds of Change.
Oct. 07-Jan. 08 Freelance producer and consultant: The Real News Network online video news service, in Toronto, CANADA.
Apr.-June 06 Expert Assessor/Researcher on human rights in Haiti during 2006 elections for Canadian program: CANADEM.
Mar. 06-June 07 Co-creator and -curator: Facing our History traveling photo exhibition and discussion project, with shows and group discussions in over a dozen US and Haitian towns and cities. Planned project, wrote grant, built website, planned/executed outreach in U.S. and Haiti.
2005 Co-director/co-producer: Unfinished Country for PBS Wide Angle series on elections in Haiti.
2003-2005 Video correspondent: Reuters TV and Associated Press Television News (APTN). Text Correspondent: news analysis and features for outlets like Miami Herald, Inter Press Service, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Sun-Sentinel, Dollars & Sense magazine, Américas magazine (OAS), Latinamerica Press. Also produced occasional video content for institutions and organizations such as UNICEF-Haiti.
2002-2003 Communications consultant: Sosyete Animasyon Kominikasyon Sosyal (SAKS) and Institut Culturel Karl Lévêque.
Spring 2001 Multimedia consultant, designer, writer, video producer: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. (part-time)
2000-2001 Executive Director: Somerville Community Access TV, Somerville, MA.
2000-2001 Part-time Faculty and curriculum development consultant: University of Massachusetts College of
Public & Community Service, Boston, MA. Designed and taught three courses.
Jan 00-May 00 Part-time Faculty: The Experimental College, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Taught “Global Media, Global Economy.”
1999 Designer, Writer: the original Ajennda Popilè, "popular education"-oriented almanac based on French revolution-period almanacs, published by SAKS every year since 2000.
1999-2000 Communications Director: Sosyete Animasyon Kominikasyon Sosyal (SAKS), Port-au-Prince, HAITI.
1994 Researcher and writer: The Haiti Files, James Ridgeway, editor, Essential Books, 1994.
1992-1999 Co-founder and eventually Executive Director: Haitian Information Bureau, grassroots news agency, human rights advocacy and documentation center, Port-au-Prince, HAITI. Publisher of award-winning biweekly Haiti Info bulletin in English, and of various bulletins in Haitian Creole.
Spt. 91-June 92 Co-founder and principal writer (volunteer, part-time): Haiti Communications Project, Boston, MA, a media
advocacy group put together following the 1991 coup d’état in Haiti.
1985-1992 Researcher, Associate Producer, Co-producer, and/or Segment Producer: various documentaries and series for WGBH-TV and other PBS stations, such as: Dog’s Best Friend, Americas series, Mexico series, Local Heroes, Global Change series, Columbus and the Age of Discovery series. Worked “on loan” at the BBC in London for eight months.
1984-1985 Reporter: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA.
2005 – Masters of Philosophy in Communication Studies, University of the West Indies (CARIMAC), JAMAICA
1983 – B.A. magna cum laude, Harvard and Radcliffe, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Languages – Spanish, Haitian Creole, French