Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The annual cheery Afghanistan poll, 2010 edition

Every year, ABC News and the BBC team up with other news organizations to conduct a poll of Afghans to see how things are going. Not well, it would seem, after an upswing in 2009.

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Photographing war with an iPhone

The NYT pulled together a photo gallery from staff photographer Damon Winter that he shot in Afghanistan with an iPhone and the Hipstamatic photography app. It’s pretty awesome. (Seen via Twitter)

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Mon, November 22 2010 » Main Page, Media, photos » Comments Off on Photographing war with an iPhone

Restrepo

Wanna know what combat is like? Restrepo, about the Afghanistan mission, may be its pure cinematic distillation.

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Wed, June 23 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Restrepo

Remembering Michelle Lang

 

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Sun, March 14 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Remembering Michelle Lang

Five Canadians killed in Afghanistan – including a journalist

A routine patrol in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province turned deadly. Four Canadian soldiers and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang died in an IED blast near Kandahar city. The soldiers’ deaths bring the military total to 138. Lang is the fifth Canadian civilian to be killed in Afghanistan, but the first journalist to die there.

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Thu, December 31 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Five Canadians killed in Afghanistan – including a journalist

‘Kidnapped, Threatened, Under Fire’

Melissa Fung and Graeme Smith talked about their respective experiences in Afghanistan and the conditions under which Canadian reporters work there at a Canadian Journalism Foundation event on Tuesday. Fung is a CBC reporter who got snatched there by criminals while on her second assignment in the conflict-ridden country. Smith spent three years in Afghanistan […]

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Fri, April 24 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Kidnapped, Threatened, Under Fire’

Korengal Valley draws media like vultures

The Korengal Valley has seen some of the most vicious fighting in Afghanistan (see this past post). And as a result, it’s become a must-see destination for bang-bang reporters.

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Mon, December 15 2008 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Korengal Valley draws media like vultures

Korengal Valley attacks an al Qaeda operation?

On Sunday, a number of co-ordinated attacks were carried out on U.S. and Afghan military outposts in the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan. Hmm. Who do we know that does stuff like that?

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Wed, April 30 2008 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Korengal Valley attacks an al Qaeda operation?

A (relatively) recent update on the Korengal Valley

The Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan is relatively close to the location in Pakistan where al Qaeda number-two Ayman al-Zawahri came within a few hours of getting his ticket punched. The opponents of the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade Team are a mixture of local and foreign fighters. The secret in winning militarily may well be […]

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Wed, April 16 2008 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A (relatively) recent update on the Korengal Valley

‘The Ugly Truth in Afghanistan’

The Globe and Mail’s Paul Koring and Graeme Smith have written a very sobering assessment of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan.

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Sat, March 1 2008 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘The Ugly Truth in Afghanistan’