Presentation at Global News Alliance Event

I was privileged to teach 10 tips to Smartphone Journalism at the recent NRB 2020 Christian  Media Convention in Nashville. The Global News Alliance hosted a workshop with about 40 attendees – 14 who were from non-US countries. These 40 attendees represented organizations with strong media components wanting to learn how the smartphone can be used to tell those untold stories of God at work. I am attaching a image below with the 10 Quick tips.

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Smartphone Training Schedule 2020

Mobile Storytelling workshops during the summer of 2020.

  • June 1-5, Ajmer City, Rajasthan India (Registration $45 with Lunch and tea – $110 with accommodation plus three meals)
  • June 8-12, Margao Town, Goa India (Registration $30 with Lunch and tea)
  • June 22-26, Chandigarh, Punjab India (Workshop is full)
  • July 6-10th, Nairobi, Kenya – Music For All
  • July 20-24th, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Registration $80 with Lunch and tea)

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The Future of Christian Media Training

Those of you who have been connected to our ministry of training Christians to use media effectively know that we have been conducting Smartphone Filmmaking workshops in Asia and Africa (140 students in four countries since 2016). What is amazing is that with training and mentoring each trainee can produce stories of God at work in their own lives using that smartphone in their hand! Continue reading “The Future of Christian Media Training”

1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela

This post will start a series of one of my visits to Haridwar in North India to take pictures of the largest Hindu pilgrimage in 2010:

We started in the cold darkness to take a taxi from Dehra Dun in the northern state Uttarakhand to Haridwar, 35 miles away. The taxi delivered us to a staging area 5 miles from the actual bathing area. I never thought I’d be so cold in India. Continue reading “1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela”

2nd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela

The crowds gathered before light for a chance to take a bath and supposedly wash away their sins.

The Indian government’s efforts to control what was supposed to be a million dippers today turned out to be unneeded. This Kumbh Mela was different from 12 years ago as luxury camps were set up and tour busses dropped off the wealthier folk right next to the Ganga River for their holy dip. Stockades were contructed to   slow down crowd movement – sort of like the way they do at airport check-in counters, weaving back and forth. I found myself in such a security stockade now as we worked our way to a place where we could see the special dip of the thousands of Sadhus and their smaller counterpart, the Nagas. Continue reading “2nd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela”

3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela

As we made our way back to the ghats or bathing areas I noticed strings of beads like dried and wrinkled apricots in many of the

Herbs that are supposed to ward off evil spirits

shops. JG told me they are Rudraksh seeds and are a charm against all sorts of sickness and evil. Most of these hanging were the fakes most Hindus would wear as the real Rudraksh seeds are quite expensive they are kept in a locked case. These seeds are all the more precious if a priest would bless them – for a fee of course! Continue reading “3rd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela”