Man this is an American episode. There is cocaine, the military, refugees, the decline of the American newsroom, a one-room school house, steel mills, the list goes on. Lots of laughs too. I talked to Janet Morgan, editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald, a weekly newspaper in South Carolina. Janet has won copious awards for her photography and likes to spend a long time following her subjects. She walks us through a couple of those projects and her winding career through local newspapers.
We discuss her childhood in South Carolina (2:45), picking up photojournalism in college as a way to meet boys (5:26), a sketchy first job and working at a string of newspapers (7:08), covering the troops in the first Gulf War and Haitian refugees in Guantanamo (12:13), working at the newspaper The Sun News where we met (20:20), her story following the beleaguered Georgetown Steel Mill and its workers (39:40), documenting the last days of a one-room school house that served the Sandy Island community of slave descendants (47:01) and end on the lightning round (52:14).
Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
Janet's photos and story on the Georgetown Steel Mill - http://bit.ly/2OfDC4S
Her photos of Ms Ruby one-room school house - http://bit.ly/2QpQloo
The Myrtle Beach Herald website - http://bit.ly/2NWtNdn
The Sun News website - http://bit.ly/2qjpijS
New York Times' 1619 project - https://nyti.ms/2rM3KN6
The Tattooist of Auschwitz - https://amzn.to/2pukYhq
Dorothea Lange photography from MoMA - https://mo.ma/32QehDJ
The Killing Fields on IMDb - https://imdb.to/2OjcC4t