This semester, NewEurasia’s Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Schwartz, is instructing news-writing at the American University of Central Asia. NewEurasia is publishing their fieldwork assignments to give these aspiring journalists a small boost in their confidence!
TOL and NewEurasia are looking for professional journalists, bloggers, amateurs and people interested in journalism to take part in a new online educational project
The purpose of this competition is to help raise the profile of the region’s literary talents, both young and old, new and established
One of the photographs from the workshop, by Jazgul Madazimova. This past weekend, Elyor Nematov and I went to Osh to deliver NewEurasia’s three-day workshop on photojournalism. In fact, calling it a workshop on “photojournalism” is a bit deceptive, since it was much more than just an extended seminar on the technicalities of using photographic and videographic equipment. Elyor explained the principles of creating a photo-story, and he also elaborated the philosophical implications of what it really meant to be a photo-journalist. This was the third and final workshop of our current arts and culture project, which has been supported…
NewEurasia announces a free workshop on arts/culture photojournalism in Osh. Professional and amateur journalists, students, bloggers and civil society activists are invited to participate. The workshop shall teach participants the fundamentals of photojournalism, both in terms of theory and practice, with concrete examples from the history of the field. Participants will also learn skills in identifying and developing local photo-stories. The workshop will be held 7-9 Decemnber in English and Russian. It will be conducted by Elyor Nematov, an up-and-coming photojournalist from Uzbekistan who is based in Bishkek.
I’m surprised no one noticed this! In the 2009 horror/comedy film Zombieland, there’s a brief cameo by Bill Murray. The scene takes place in his luxurious Los Angeles mansion, which includes among other things a painting of the comedian in full Turkmen traditional garb situated on the mantle of his fireplace. Clearly, the filmmakers find the getup outlandish, and I wonder how the idea even occured to them. But I’ll tell you this: if that painting’s real, I want it! ;-)
This week, Beyond Moscow is celebrating Kyrgyzstan! Found on The Moscow Times Facebook page, posted on August 27th, 2013, is the public album “Almaty: Big Apple of Central Asia.” The digital folder hosts a series of photographs that celebrate Kyrgyzstan—its people, city and culture—from a woman feeding birds near Zenkov Cathedral to a vibrat market where colorful dried fruits and nuts are displayed. Via Facbeook, the album is described as: “Almaty sweeps its foreign visitors into a non-stop whirlwind of surprises. The city’s name literally means “apple town,” and it lives up to this Big Apple status to the fullest.”
Aside from Uzbekistan’s much respected and official national anthem, first and foremost, how many songs of national esteem does President Islam Karimov desire? Plenty, apparently—at last enough ‘culturally acceptable’ ones to fill radio stations, music stores, concert halls and recording studios nation wide
Was Jennifer Lopez’s performance in oil-rich Turkmenistan a successful a-political attempt to bring North American music culture, and pop-birthday culture, to this country’s Culture Week… or a show all gone wrong?
A big announcement over at NewEurasia’s long-standing brother-site, The Registan. Essentially, the team from the last few years has broken up. Some are moving onto new careers; others are plowing forward with their present ones; but either way, their ability to blog has been and shall be curtailed. It’s the passing of an era.