NMPBS IndieLens PopUp- Storm Lake
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Welcome to tonight's screening and discussion co-hosted by NMPBS and The Society of Professional Journalists.
Following the film, join a panel discussion moderated by journalists Megan Kamerick and Jerry Redfern.
Trailer | Storm Lake
Does American democracy survive without the backbone of independent local journalism? Go inside The Storm Lake Times, a newspaper serving an Iowa town that has seen its fair share of changes in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to the area. Pulitzer-winning editor Art Cullen and his family dedicate themselves to keeping the paper alive as local journalism across the country dies out.
AMERICAN EXILE - TRAILER
An hour long non-fiction film by John J. Valadez & Carleen L. Hsu | Website www.americanexilefilm.com | Two brothers, Manuel and Valente Valenzuela, both volunteered and fought in Vietnam. Now 50 years later, they are among thousands of veterans who are being deported. The brothers don their uniforms for one last mission; to bring the deported veterans back home.
Storm Lake IL Pop-Up
- Laurel Wyckoff
Education and Outreach Manager, NMPBS
- Megan Kamerick
Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus and Weekend Edition, the Global Music Show - and her job first as Morning Edition host and now All Things Considered host - fulfilling a long-held wish to learn radio. In 2012, she moved into television with New Mexico PBS where she produced “Public Square” and “New Mexico in Focus.” Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA and Marketplace. She’s passionate about getting women’s voices into media and is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her TED talk on women and media has more than 272,000 views. She’s the treasurer for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter.
- Jerry Redfern
Visual journalist Jerry Redfern covers the environmental and humanitarian issues across Southeast Asia and other developing regions, as well as at home in the US. His work ranges from the aftermath of American bombs in Laos to agroforestry in Belize to life amid logging in Borneo. Jerry’s photos have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Der Spiegel, among others. He has contributed to four book projects, including Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (co-authored with Karen Coates), which was a finalist for the IRE Book Award. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, he spent several years as a staff photographer at newspapers in the American West. He began his freelance career in Cambodia where he shot news, features and investigative stories for Agence France-Presse, The New York Times, The Cambodia Daily and other publications. These days he works with video as well as photos, and he is in the final stages of post-production on his first feature-length documentary film, Eternal Harvest, an extension of the book project. Jerry was a 2012-2013 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
- Julie Ann Grimm
Julie Ann Grimm has served as editor of the Santa Fe Reporter since mid-2013 and also became its publisher in 2016. The newspaper provides news and culture for the capital city and for New Mexico in a free weekly print edition and website. A 2001 graduate of the journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she covered city hall and regional government at The Santa Fe New Mexican for 10 years and also spent several years at the Associated Press New Mexico bureau.
- Art Cullen
Art Cullen, is co-owner with his older brother John of The Storm Lake Times, a 3,000-circulation twice-weekly newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa, pop. 10,000, in rural Northwest Iowa. Art is editor and John is publisher. They publish staff editorials every edition. Art is a Storm Lake native who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Storm Lake, Algona, Ames and Mason City, Iowa. Art works with his wife, Dolores, who is a photographer, and reporter son Tom.
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