Foreign Correspondence
Laurel Chor - Hong Kong - Freelance

Laurel Chor - Hong Kong - Freelance

May 31, 2020

After public health got too depressing and following gorillas through the jungle proved monotonous, Laurel Chor (@laurelchor) turned to journalism. She quickly made a name for herself covering at civil unrest in Hong Kong, also doing a couple years' stretch working for the Vice News Tonight television show on HBO. She discusses her circuitous path in the industry that has taken her around the world and how after working in every medium she is increasingly focusing on photojournalism.

Laurel talks about hanging with the apes (8:24), getting her start at offbeat publication Coconuts in Hong Kong covering protests (16:26), landing her gig with Vice's HBO show (21:28), striking out as a freelancer and her thoughts on photojournalism (31:22), going into a New Zealand volcano only for the story not to pan out (39:13), producing a full-episode documentary for Vice on Chinese migrant workers, (43:12) and takes on the lightning round (49:23).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Laurel's website showcasing her work - https://bit.ly/3ckdcZA

Bangkok's "Mexican" Gangsters video - https://bit.ly/303TCi7

Vice News Tonight migrant worker documentary - https://bit.ly/2TUsRIM

Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina - https://amzn.to/2XEQSVq

Photojournalist Ami Vitale's website - https://bit.ly/3gNgMPE

 

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Megan Crepeau - Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Megan Crepeau - Chicago - Chicago Tribune

May 17, 2020

How do you cover violence in a thoughtful way? Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) had plenty of time to chew that question over working the overnight beat at The Chicago Tribune, trawling the city with police scanners and looking for news. Now she brings that perspective to covering Chicago’s main criminal court, one of the busiest in the United States.

Megan talks about how the coronavirus outbreak is upending business as usual at the court and the associated jail (5:50), growing up in small town Idaho (11:45), Northwestern journalism school and early struggles with confidence (18:00), getting her foot in the door with The Chicago Tribune editorial board (24:36), writing a personal finance column for the Trib’s free commuter daily RedEye (29:08), covering violence thoughtfully on the overnight breaking news shift (35:05), the crazy story of a man representing his brother in a murder trial (48:00), how the court system failed to view mental health in a nuanced way in the case of a cop killing (52:46), her role helping the Tribune to unionize (1:01:16) and finally the lightning round (1:07:35)

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Megan's story on man representing himself - https://bit.ly/3bpVsvs

Her story on the man's conviction - https://bit.ly/2LiKvBp

The Chicago Reader - https://bit.ly/2LgOEFN

Bon Appetit Youtube channel - https://bit.ly/3boXeNv

NYT’s Red Dawn coronavirus exposé - https://nyti.ms/2LkFyIk

Tony Briscoe (ex-Tribune Great Lakes reporter) on Twitter - https://bit.ly/2yLoFDX

Martha Gellhorn wiki - https://bit.ly/3cnZGVT

His Girl Friday on IMDb - https://imdb.to/2WZxwtZ

 

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Aarti Betigeri - Australia - Freelance

Aarti Betigeri - Australia - Freelance

May 3, 2020

Aarti Betigeri (@pomegranitaa) takes us from Australia to India and back again, touching on some new publications like Monocle magazine and geographies like Sri Lanka along the way. She also keeps it real about the struggles of working in a media landscape dominated by Murdoch and seeking more rights for Australian freelance journalists. We also talk about her experience through the Australian bushfires.

Aarti discusses getting into broadcast journalism out of university and becoming a TV presenter (8:00), leaving that behind to move to India as a freelancer (12:07), working for Monocle magazine (21:04), moving back to Australia and the freelance scene there (28:53), Murdoch’s influence in Australia (34:48), the Australian bushfires (37:12), her "story that got away" about Maoist-controlled jungles of central India (40:25), writing about a Chinese-backed boondoggle of a port project in the boonies of Sri Lanka (50:28) and takes on the lightning round (57:00).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Aarti’s column on Covid, India and TV news - https://bit.ly/2VY9uQo

Her story on an Indian coffee roaster - https://bit.ly/3faqNFz

Centralia photo book on Maoist controlled central India - https://bit.ly/2WhFuOw

Aarti’s story on Sri Lankan port Hambantota - https://bit.ly/3bZlLKa

Her story about dealing with Australian bushfires - https://bit.ly/2xsd6AS

Her site with story back catalogue - https://bit.ly/3bYoqnb

Australian independent news site Crickey - https://bit.ly/2xrR5lG

NYT's A Royal Instagram Mystery - https://nyti.ms/2YskqYc

Taffy Brodesser-Akner's work - https://nyti.ms/3d8wIcr

Ed O’Laughlin's Not Untrue and Not Unkind - https://amzn.to/2Ss6YzQ

Tom Rachman's The Imperectionists - https://amzn.to/2xpM8d4

 

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Pete Sweeney - Hong Kong - Breakingviews

Pete Sweeney - Hong Kong - Breakingviews

April 19, 2020

The world of Chinese high finance is actually way more stupid and ridiculous than you probably realize. Seriously, sometimes millions or billions of dollars change hands for relatively stupid reasons like, delivery coffee + China, what’s the worst that could go wrong? Pete Sweeney (@petesweeneypro), an opinion columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, gives us a crash course. Also discussed: You might think that journalists report just about everything, but there are many stories that don’t get reported, especially in China.

Pete discusses the strange corner of the world he lives in (2:06), leaving the U.S. to start a beer business in Ecuador (7:51), reinventing himself as a journalist in his 30s (14:20), working at China Economic Review (19:05), a major story in China that never made it into international news (26:05), joining Reuters to cover the huge boom/bust of the Chinese stock market (41:19), his transition to opinion writing (52:57) and takes on the lightning round (1:01:19).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Pete’s column about Luckin Coffee - https://bit.ly/3alhizC

His column about Xinjiang - https://reut.rs/2KkjtJa

Caixin’s English language edition - https://bit.ly/3cysYAz

Archillect on Instagram - https://bit.ly/2XO22c6

Arts & Letters Daily - https://bit.ly/34MRQSB

Thucydides wiki - https://bit.ly/3ezqEew

Rory Stewart’s The Places in Between - https://amzn.to/2ymDgVQ

Pete’s op-ed on raising a pig (page 13) - https://bit.ly/2KgCa0t

BBC TV show Press on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3bm16j8

 

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Megha Rajagopalan - London - Buzzfeed

Megha Rajagopalan - London - Buzzfeed

April 5, 2020

Megha Rajagopalan (@meghara) brings top-notch investigative journalism to Buzzfeed - yes, the site that rose to prominence based on listicles. She installed Buzzfeed’s first bureau in Beijing, only to be kicked out of the country after revealing the depths of China’s police state. Reporting on surveillance and human rights has been the hallmark of her career, from writing about Myanmar’s opening up to following around Filipino police officers committing atrocities.

We talk about the questionable endeavor that is pursuing a journalism degree (5:08), cutting her teeth covering politics for Reuters in Beijing (14:22), starting Buzzfeed’s bureau in China (24:00), her bombshell story on China’s muslim internment camps and getting kicked out of China (29:30), moving to Israel and then London (41:19), missing out on a trip to Tibet and her prospects for ever returning to China (44:17), her story on U.S. government funding for Filipino police committing atrocities in their war on drugs (50:54), and she takes on the lightning round (58:45).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

My exclusive about Brazil’s environmental protections under coronavirus - https://reut.rs/2WQbRFN

My story on Brazil meat exports to China stalling under coronovirus - https://reut.rs/2x66jwq

Steve Coll’s Private Empire: Exxonmobil and American power - https://amzn.to/3bMAuHG

Michael Lewis essay J-School Confidential - https://buff.ly/39Yx1Vn

Megha’s story about Xinjiang internment camps - https://bit.ly/2waFzdM

Her story about US-support for Philippines atrocities - https://bit.ly/348bnN8

David Sanger’s The Perfect Weapon - https://amzn.to/2V1wpsr

Mike Forsythe on Twitter - https://bit.ly/2X4MO26

Rukmini Callimachi on Twitter - http://bit.ly/2Vfw7hz

Nikole Hannah-Jones on Twitter - https://bit.ly/39I9V55

John Hersey’s Hiroshima - https://amzn.to/3aMrQcq

Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer-winning “9 to Nowhere” - https://bit.ly/3dUHTXC

 

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Paul Schrodt - Los Angeles - Freelance

Paul Schrodt - Los Angeles - Freelance

March 22, 2020

"If you think it’s just fun, you’ve never interviewed Mick Jagger because that motherfucker will rip you into shreds." Freelance journalist Paul Schrodt (@paulschrodt) takes the podcast to a very different place, telling us what it’s like to report on the business of entertainment. He also got into digital journalism at a time when it was still the wild west but just starting to overtake print journalism, providing a window into that fascinating time.

Note: This is a special extended episode in light of coronavirus.

We talk about his transformation from "spacey kid" to journalist (5:25), our experience together in college when they were trying to teach "new media" (18:40), getting his start at Esquire.com when the online team had like 3 people (32:45), his turn at the pressure boiler startup Business Insider (40:00), striking out as a freelancer (50:13), deep thoughts on entertainment journalism (57:19), his story tracking down why movies you love might be nowhere on streaming (1:02:31), and we finish with the lightning round (1:15:43).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

The Chicago Reader website - https://bit.ly/2J3qQ7d

Business Insider - https://bit.ly/2WA9wiq

Paul's story on life insurance for Money magazine - https://bit.ly/3dnoG0b

His story on the horror streaming service Shudder - https://bit.ly/2QClN1Y

His story involving the Mick Jagger interview - https://bit.ly/2WyoghF

His story You Can't Stream Your Favorite Movie Anywhere - https://bit.ly/2y0A6qH

The movie Game Day on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3b93kBY

JustWatch.com - https://bit.ly/33E2SsE

FiveThirtyEight - https://53eig.ht/2y0Ag1h

Slate Political Gabfest podcast - https://bit.ly/2QC5MJd

Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking - https://amzn.to/3b93hpM

 

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Terrence Edwards - Mongolia - Bloomberg

Terrence Edwards - Mongolia - Bloomberg

March 8, 2020

Terrence Edwards (@TerryReports) has gone deep on Mongolia. Moving there with the Peace Corps, he’s been in the country for more than a decade, braving 30 below temperatures in a yurt (ger) and runaway horses. He is Bloomberg’s point man for coordinating with Bloomberg TV Mongolia, a local affiliate in Mongolian languages, and does work for Bloomberg across all formats from serious text reporting on mines and politics to hilarious viral videos.

He talks about growing up in Long Island (9:52), making his own DIY journalism major and pursuing internships (14:34), his time in the Peace Corps showering only once ever two weeks (19:41), getting his foot in the door with journalism jobs in Ulaanbaatar (34:45), being Bloomberg’s jack of all trades (42:52), coordinating across the region on a story about coronavirus (47:41), and finally the Lightning Round (51:56).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Jake's story on Amazon rainforest wood - https://reut.rs/3aDwwkk

Terrence’s funny video story on staying in a yurt -  http://bit.ly/3aNEIP9

His story China’s Neighbors at Risk as Deadly Virus Continues to Spread - https://bloom.bg/3aEzox4

The Brazil Archive by The Intercept - http://bit.ly/331jWJ1

Hodinkee watch vlog - http://bit.ly/39ynS6v

Coffee vlogger James Hoffman - http://bit.ly/2Txbo9B

Chasing Cosby podcast - https://lat.ms/38xbi63

The Paycheck podcast - https://bloom.bg/2PXwpIh

 

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Stuart Lau - Brussels - South China Morning Post

Stuart Lau - Brussels - South China Morning Post

February 23, 2020

Stuart Lau (@stuartlauscmp) weaves his personal narrative together with the story of Hong Kong seamlessly. He touches on his beginnings in journalism that coincided with the first protests there since Tiananmen, pursuing a key official in the HK handover from the UK to China decades later, his inability as a Hong Konger to become a diplomat (much to the benefit of of the journalism industry), and much more. He also takes us to Cuba and Brussels but always with a bit of HK and China looming in the background. 

He talks about growing up the son of a Hong Kong native and a mainlander (5:40), his first inklings of journalism as he pursued a law degree (7:05), journalism school and getting his foot in the door of South China Morning Post (10:00), his SCMP days in Hong Kong covering a landmark court case and protests (22:22), a stint at BBC and his move to Brussels with SCMP (34:10), his story about Hong Kongers who migrated to Cuba in the 1950s (52:06), his role in the Panama Papers revelations (58:41), and finally the lightning round (1:04:17).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Stuart's "think piece" on the climate change summit - http://bit.ly/2wHNyPH

His story on Hong Kong migrants in Cuba - http://bit.ly/2wGvlSv

One of his Panama Papers stories - http://bit.ly/32il7Dv

Xinhua's English language website - http://bit.ly/2SSgsVy

New Yorker story on Iranian General Soleimani - http://bit.ly/32l3S4g

David Foster Wallace essay on porn - http://bit.ly/2PicZxr

Jeremy Bowen's "War Stories" - https://amzn.to/2uWEWUN

Jade Chen's 《時代的摺痕》- http://bit.ly/2VictmX

 

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Diksha Madhok - India - Quartz

Diksha Madhok - India - Quartz

February 9, 2020

Which path to take, editor or reporter? It’s a choice many journalists have to make at some point. Quartz India Editor Diksha Madhok (@dikshamadhok) tells us how she went from exercising influence through individual stories on issues like women in Indian society to shaping whole newsrooms and publications.

We discuss growing up in India and not becoming an engineer (3:47), going to Columbia j-school (9:18), her time with Reuters (13:10), joining Quartz and becoming an editor (18:11), being an editor vs being a reporter (24:00), her story about why few highly educated Indian women stay in the workforce (32:58), another story on Indian housewives in the United States (35:57), and finish with the lightning round (41:54). 

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

ThePrint - http://bit.ly/37crAkd

Diksha’s story about Indian women dropping out of the workforce - http://bit.ly/2ODG4mK

Her story about Indian housewives in the U.S. - http://bit.ly/2OFxVhB

NYT story The Jungle Prince of Delhi - https://nyti.ms/39hXIUR

NYT’s Smarter Living newsletter - https://nyti.ms/2tKs9nK

Indian journalist Shekhar Gupta on Twitter - http://bit.ly/2ScjjIA

NYT’s Ellen Barry on Twitter - http://bit.ly/379sazf

 

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Jonathan Watts - London - The Guardian

Jonathan Watts - London - The Guardian

January 26, 2020

A 20+ year career as a foreign correspondent in Japan, Brazil and China has given Jonathan time to reflect on the great responsibility and privilege of the job, but also the preposterousness of being tasked with summing up another country. Speaking to us while on sabbatical in the Amazon rainforest, Jonathan tells how he came to realize that the environment is the most important issue of our time and how that lead him to his current job as Global Environment Editor for The Guardian in London.

We talk about where he is in the Amazon (5:22), how he is the product of then-robust UK social welfare programs and went to Manchester University during the music boom there (9:45), his move to Japan and first steps/misteps into journalism (17:42), getting his foot in the door at The Guardian as a stringer in Japan (23:03), moving to China as a full-time correspondent (30:41), switching to Brazil in search of a break just as the country fell off the cliff (42:41), the jarring return to the UK after so many years abroad (49:20), de-ghetto-izing environmental reporting (54:52), The Guardian’s big feature series last year spotlighting The Polluters most responsible for historic greenhouse gas emissions (59:50), and finish on the lightning round (1:05:55).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Rainforest Journalism Fund - http://bit.ly/2tQ2ERV

Concrete: the most destructive material on earth - http://bit.ly/2GmjR8d

Jonathan's book When a Billion Chinese Jump - https://amzn.to/37u8Jlz

Opening story in The Polluters series in the Guardian - http://bit.ly/2NYijFK

Mongabay - http://bit.ly/38ByRv5

NYT story on methane leaks - https://nyti.ms/38Gne6c

Jonathan's story on North Korea air raid drill - http://bit.ly/3aF2Ofr

 

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