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Reporting While Female

By Sabrina Tavernise
Published on NYTimes.com on February 19, 2011
Published on Bunchofmadmen.com on March 2, 2011

Last winter, I reported on a religious festival in Pakistan, attended by thousands of worshipers. There were no women, at least that I could see. As I waded through the crowds, I held my breath, looking behind me every few seconds, warding off gropers, pushing them away with my hands.

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Kristof: Madmen Under Attack
By Nicholas D. Kristof/New York Times
Originally Published on the New York Times on February 2, 2011
Published on Bunchofmadmen.com on February 3, 2011

Pro-government thugs at Tahrir Square used clubs, machetes, swords and straight razors on Wednesday to try to crush Egypt’s democracy movement, but, for me, the most memorable moment of a sickening day was one of inspiration: watching two women stand up to a mob.

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Foreign Correspondents: Who Covers What

The number of foreign correspondents employed by U.S. newspapers has decreased markedly since the last AJR census, taken in 2003.

By Priya Kumar
Priya Kumar ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is a Washington, D.C.-based writer.
Originally published on AJR.org for the December 2010/January 2011 Issue
Published on Bunchofmadmen.com on January 7, 2011

The number of foreign correspondents employed by U.S. newspapers has decreased markedly since the last AJR census, taken in 2003.

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Kristof: Madmen to Egypt
By Nicholas D. Kristof/New York Times
Originally Published on the New York Times on January 31, 2011
Published on Bunchofmadmen.com on February 3, 2011

As I stand in Tahrir Square on Monday trying to interview protesters, dozens of people surging around me and pleading for the United States to back their call for democracy, the yearning and hopefulness of these Egyptians taking huge risks is intoxicating.

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The foreign correspondent is dead. Long live the foreign correspondent

The de luxe life satirised in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop has gone for good, but we can still preserve the best of a necessary craft

By Timothy Garton Ash
Originally Published on The Guardian on December 8, 2010
Published on BunchofMadmen.com on December 29, 2010

'I still have a suitcase in Berlin," Marlene Dietrich used to sing. Well, I still have four petrol cans in Skopje. I bought them to drive a rented 4x4 from Macedonia into Kosovo, immediately after the Nato invasion of the devastated province in 1999, when petrol stations could not be relied on to have petrol.

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