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Top Ten: Best moments, stories and lessons of a 9 weeks journey

Top Ten: Best moments, stories and lessons of a 9 weeks journey
Even though all the WPI fellows are used to figure out hard questions in a couple of seconds, none of us has been able to give a suitable answer to a very simple one: What did you like the most of this trip? Tons of memories come back and forth and most of us claim that we haven’t had time enough to process and organize the lessons we have learned in this journey. For my last blog, I offer you an overview on some of the remarkable moments and stories that I’m planning to share with colleagues and friends when I return back to Venezuela.

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Latinos, the muscle of the US’ future

The first thing that I did when I arrived to Saint Paul on Friday August 8th for attending to the WPI Fellowship was turning on the TV to see what was on the news. I spent almost a day travelling from Caracas to Minnesota through the border with Colombia and had no clue about what had happened in my country and around the world in those long hours.

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The world beyond the US borders

The first spot that the visitors of the Newseum in Washington will find nowadays is a picture and a brief text that aims to honor James Foley’s memory, a freelance American journalist that ISIS claimed to behead this week. Probably they have already added another one for Steven Sotloff, who hasn’t been executed when the WPI 2014 fellows visited the museum.

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The value of editorial independence

Piles of papers stacked at the edge of desks. Cups of coffee that were left behind due to the rush. Phones ringing and old headlines highlighted with red marker hanging in the walls. Visiting the editorial newsroom of the Star Tribune on August 14, along with the 2014 WPI fellows, remained me how good is the feeling of working on an in-depth feature that only relies on interviews, research and analysis, released from editorial constraints imposed by political censorship.

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