Video: military drills for People’s Republic of China 60th anniversary

30/07/2009

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Henry Morton sends video form China

Afternoon, bloggers.

We have a great video for you all today that captured recent military drills in China.

Our Global Radio News parent received some video from one of its China correspondents today.

Meet GRN correspondent Henry Morton, currently operating in Beijing. Henry shot some footage of the People’s Liberation Army’s Third Guard Division, and we’re sharing it with you.

The division is drilling for their upcoming 60th anniversary on August 1, as well as the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic in China in October.

At the moment, the full video (11:42 min) is available for viewing on our Ning network, Sell News. Click here to view the page where the video is hosted.

We’d of course provide the video on YouTube, but we were stuck with its 10:00 limit.

And to throw in a bit of a teaser, here’s a small gallery of screenshots from the video:

And of course the video itself.

Hope you enjoyed the brief look at what’s going on in China outside headline news. We’re all about connecting you directly to the reporter behind the news desk – which in this case is Henry Morton.

Special thanks to Henry for sending in the video for this post.

Happy viewing,

Kim

–GFM Team


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Bastille Day ’09 in London, a celebration for all (French)

21/07/2009

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Global For French Bastille Day London video report

Afternoon, bloggers!

Weeks ago, we launched our French version of our main website, as well as pitched a potential French-only story about Bastille Day celebrations in London. Our French readers answered in gusto.

So here it is. Catherine of Global for French has finished her Bastille Day in London report. We’ve uploaded it onto our YouTube channel for easy viewing, but if you want to see it in higher quality, head over to our VieBlogger page.

A message from Catherine…

Global For French vous présente son premier reportage vidéo consacré à la communauté française de Londres célébrant sa Fête Nationale à Battersea Park un dimanche de juillet…

Bastille Day London, un reportage de Catherine Tonero, Simon Fisher et Fabian Mofid.

Commentez, partagez et surtout donnez-nous vos idées pour de nouveaux reportages!

Merci,

Catherine & Kim

–GFM Team


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“At the tip of the surge” – another video from Helmand, Afghanistan

08/07/2009

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Morning, bloggers!

Freelancer Jerome Starkey continues to upload videos from Helmand, Afghanistan to his YouTube Channel.

Here’s a second video of his work in an area hard-hit by the war in Afghanistan, “At the tip of the surge.”

Thank you, Jerome.

Jerome is the first British journalist to report from this region without the military in over a year. It’s freelance reporting about the locals’ points of view: their opinion of foreign troops, the military surge and how war has affected their lives.

We’re not sure what else is in store from Jerome. Keep close watch on his channel to see what else he may upload in the coming days. We’ll be sure to keep close watch, too.

Kim

–GFM Team


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Special thanks to Jerome Starkey for his work in the field.

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Video from Afghanistan’s “Little America” – founded 1950s, then forgotten

07/07/2009

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Afternoon again, bloggers!

Jerome Starkey e-mailed us an update from Helmand, Afghanistan.

Jerome is reporting in an area hard hit by the war in Afghanistan, but he also uncovered a strange world leftover from years past: Little America, a region in Afghanistan that he describes as “build on the sand” by US aid dollars in the 1950s, then forgotten.

Here’s an update on Jerome’s work via his YouTube channel.

Thanks for your hard work, Jerome.

To our readers: if you’d like to see more, head over to Jerome’s YouTube channel to view more videos, or read our original blog post about his proposed work. More donations can help this story reach its fullest.

As always, feel free to contact or comment on this developing story.

Kim

–GFM Team


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Stories from Helmand, Afghanistan – report or no report?

02/07/2009

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UPDATE: This story pitch was supported by users and produced by freelancer Jerome Starkey. The videos – “At the tip of the surge” and “Helmand’s Little America” – can be seen in our Exclusives section.

Morning, bloggers!

Kim here, with today’s possible story update from Global for me.

Consider this a fast-forming habit: on a weekly or even daily basis (pending on how news flies), GFM will look ahead and uncover story possibilities using our own resources.

Remember, GFM is an offshoot of freelance news agency, Global Radio News. And since our GRN parent manages 600 freelance correspondents throughout the world, occasionally a neat story may come up from where you least expect.

It’s all about connecting to the reporter behind the news desk – or in this case, the reporter working in the field.

So here’s something from one of our correspondents in Afghanistan…


Afghanistan correspondent Jerome Starkey

Stories from Helmand, Afghanistan

by Freelancer Jerome Starkey

HELMAND, Afghanistan – Exclusive report from the heart of Helmand, by freelancer Jerome Starkey, pictured right.

What do ordinary people in Afghanistan think about western troops, the Taliban and the renewed American military surge? A look into the politics and anxieties of wartime.

In the personal scope, how are displaced or separated families? What of those that have lost relatives since the bombs fell in 2001? How is life eight years later? A look into the human cost of war, on a local scale.

Also: a bizarre result of the 20th century. Afghans are quick to remind British troops of their three bloody defeats under the Raj decades ago, but bizarrely, in Lashkar Gah, locals have fond memories of the Americans. The town was largely built on US aid dollars in the 1950s as Moscow and Washington competed for influence. It used to be called “Little America.” There are rows of 1950s-style houses built for American development staff.

Today, that same aid infrastructure is used to irrigate the poppy fields, which often leads to money in Taliban pockets. It remains to be seen if American dollars can wean Afghani people off poppies and the Taliban.

From Jerome’s e-mail:

Sent: 21 June 12:48
Subject: Story Ideas: Lashkar Gah

A trips come together very last minute. I am heading down to Lashkar Gah tomorrow (from Kabul) on the first commercial air service in 30 years. I’m desperate to find a video buyer for a few complete packages.

As far as I know it will be the first time there’s been a British journalist in Lash, without the military, for a year – so it’s virgin territory in terms of access and stories.

GFM brings light to this story on the day of a new US troop surge under President Barack Obama, the first of his presidency. Read the full pitch on our main website here.


What’s next?

To get this story told, GFM needs both user interest and donations to pay for this correspondent’s work.

In this case, the donated money goes to freelancer Jerome Starkey, for working hard in the field and bringing this story to you.

Think of it as simply paying for a story you can’t find anywhere else.

Think on it, consider it. Share your ideas with us by e-mail or in the comment box below.

If you’re already interested in making this story happen, let us know straight away!

See you!

Kim

–GFM Team


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GFM would like to thank Flickr user shuttermonkey for the light bulb graphic used in this post.

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Listen in: Exclusive podcast by CBS’ Peter King on NASA’s latest moon adventure

25/06/2009

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Afternoon, bloggers!

Your friendly neighborhood Global for me blogger here, just call me GFKim. Today I’m bringing a bit of news to you – with a twist.

Days ago, GFM followers expressed interest in NASA’s latest lunar project. We listened, and CBS Kennedy Space Center correspondent Peter King answered. This story was covered for you!

For those curious, GFM is a new journalism experiment by international news providor Global Radio News. GRN manages 600 freelance journalists all over the world, and now we want to make them available for news consumers like you. No “middle man” whatsoever. It’s about what you want covered, not news agencies. Step on up!

(Seriously, we’re not shy. Why should you be?)

Introductions aside, GFM is excited to present an exclusive podcast by King, commissioned by you.

audio CBS Peter King NASA lunar mission podcast – click here to listen!

Congratulations on making this happen. We’re glad to work with you…!

Also, don’t forget: NASA’s lastest moon exploration is far from over. Keep tabs on the story through fun little things such as LRO’s own little Twitter page, or LCROSS too. Or for those less fond of social media, follow the old-fashioned way through NASA’s LRO and LCROSS mission pages.

Perhaps if things get interesting, we can ask King to broadcast for you again…

Sincerely,

Kim

–GFM Team


To suggest your own story, head to our our website and follow the instructions. We can bring stories to you in any format.

For the original NASA story pitch and comment page, go here!

Read our mission statement.

Feel free to contact us.

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