Andrea Vogt’s next assignment

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Andrea writes today: “Headed to Florence for Amanda Knox trial (again) and then to Rome for possible imminent fall of Italian government (again).
Live updates here:
http://thefreelancedesk.com/front_featured/amanda-knox-appeal-2/

And check the globe on her website to see locations of recent page views.

Who receives ‘food stamps’ in the USA?

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NPR's Robert Siegel

NPR’s Robert Siegel

After the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp (SNAP) program over the next 10 years, NPR asked: Who receives food stamps and how would a cut affect them? Robert Siegel put those questions to Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Here’s a link to a transcript of the interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=224152629 How effectively does this report put a human face on a program that helps 16 million Americans?

Meet David Johnson, Tribune columnist

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David Johnson has driven more than 1 million miles as a roving reporter.

The Lewiston Tribune’s David Johnson has driven more than 1 million miles as a roving reporter. Photo: Linda Weiford

David Johnson, who writes the weekly “Everyone Has a Story” column for the Lewiston Tribune, will speak to our class Monday, Sept. 16, in Room 316 of the Administration Building. In 1998, he was the subject of this profile in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/29/us/everyone-has-a-story-as-one-reporter-proves.html Please come prepared to ask David questions about his reporting and writing.

Background: Poverty on the Palouse

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Nancy Chaney

Nancy Chaney


Mayor Nancy Chaney convened the first Poverty on the Palouse forum Dec. 15, 2010. Over the past three years, a variety of government agencies and non-profit groups have discussed ways to address issues of hunger, homelessness and health care for low-income families. Mayor Chaney will speak to our class on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Here’s a link to additional background about this topic: http://www.ci.moscow.id.us/administration/Pages/poverty.aspx

How cuts in food stamps affect families

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The New York Times used the struggle by families in Arkansas to put food on the their tables to illustrate the national debate over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as “food stamps.” How could this story be localized for Moscow and Idaho? We’ll talk about this in class on Monday. Be sure to view the photo gallery that accompanies the story.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/us/as-debate-reopens-food-stamp-recipients-continue-to-squeeze.html?_r=0

Foreign correspondent visits class

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Andrea Vogt (center) with JAMM 327 students; her website is projected on the screen behind.

Andrea Vogt (center) with JAMM 327 students; her website is projected on the screen behind. She described her work as a freelance reporter based in Italy, covering breaking news in Europe.