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About Zack
I'm a journalist and filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience producing award-winning stories in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma.

I've reported for Al Jazeera English, Newsweek, VICE, RYOT, NPR, BBC, CBS, AP, the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, and other international publications in video, radio, photo, and print formats.

Most recently, I spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. At rural, remote bases, I captured video of U.S. special forces and Afghan security forces.

I also work as an adjunct professor at New York University and New York Film Academy teaching public relations and broadcast journalism. I've got a master of fine arts degree in documentary studies, a master of arts degree in international relations, another master’s in public relations and a bachelor's in journalism.
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Donald Trump whisked off stage at rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots

14 Jul 2024  |  apnews.com
Donald Trump was quickly escorted off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots were heard. He ducked behind the podium as his protective detail rushed to secure the stage amidst screams from the crowd.

Fellowship Program – Meet Our Fellows 2021

04 Jul 2024  |  www.mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism is hosting seven paid fellowships for 2021, supported by the Knight Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and the Wyncote Foundation. The fellows, all military veterans, have been placed in various newsrooms including Coffee or Die Magazine, CNN, Philadelphia Magazine, Military Times, The Nevada Independent, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Each fellow expresses gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to advance their careers in journalism, highlighting the valuable experience and skills they are gaining through the program.

MVJ’s Top Veterans in Journalism

03 Jul 2024  |  www.mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism is calling for nominations to recognize outstanding veterans in the media industry. The initiative aims to highlight the achievements and contributions of veterans in journalism. Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, production value, newsworthiness, and journalistic quality by a panel of judges. Only work by veterans of the armed forces is eligible, and all forms of media are accepted. Nominations close on December 20, 2020.

Military Veterans in Journalism Fellowship Program

18 May 2024  |  www.mvj.network
Two military veterans will receive nine-month fellowships in nonprofit newsrooms after earning master's degrees in journalism from the City University of New York, funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies. The Newmark Veterans in Journalism Fellowship Program, a collaboration between Military Veterans in Journalism, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, aims to recruit veterans for journalism programs and place them in nonprofit newsrooms. Applications open in Fall 2021, with the program starting in Fall 2022.

Military Veterans in Journalism: #FreeEvan

12 May 2024  |  www.mvj.network
The co-founder of Military Veterans in Journalism expresses outrage over the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by Russia on espionage charges, viewing it as an attack on democracy and press freedom. The author relates to the fear and uncertainty of detention from personal experience and emphasizes the importance of solidarity with journalists like Gershkovich and Austin Tice, who is detained in Syria. The organization joins calls for their release and urges the Biden administration to pressure Russia. The author reaffirms the commitment to press freedom and the fight against fear instilled by dictators.

NPR selects military vet as part of its 2021 internship cohort

09 Apr 2024  |  mvj.network
Jeff Dean, a military veteran and journalist, has been selected to join NPR's 2021 fall internship cohort. Dean, who served as a medevac crew chief and holds journalism degrees from the University of Oregon, has experience covering news in West Africa and for major news agencies in Ohio and Kentucky. He will work with NPR's Business Desk and digital platforms teams. Military Veterans in Journalism, along with NPR's Chief Diversity Officer, emphasize the importance of including military veterans' perspectives in media.

NBC Partnership: Internship Program – Military Veterans in Journalism

04 Apr 2024  |  mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism has partnered with NBC Universal to facilitate the entry of more military veterans into American newsrooms through a competitive paid internship program for Spring 2021. Interested applicants must be members of Military Veterans in Journalism and are required to apply to NBC Universal's internship program and fill out a form for their application to be flagged. The deadline for application is October 1.

Washington Post Internship – Military Veterans in Journalism

04 Apr 2024  |  mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism has partnered with the Washington Post to offer a paid internship for military veterans as part of the Washington Post's 2021 Summer Internship program. The program includes various roles such as reporters, visual journalists, and producers, with a previous salary of $750 per week. The internship serves as an early career step for veterans in media, and applications are accepted online through Military Veterans in Journalism with a deadline of September 30, 2020.

CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis shares insights into the new models of journalism

06 Oct 2023  |  www.mvj.network
Jeff Jarvis, a professor at CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, shared insights on the evolving models of journalism during a virtual convention hosted by Military Veterans in Journalism. He emphasized that journalism should be viewed as a service rather than a product, advocating for a focus on underserved communities. Jarvis highlighted the importance of understanding community needs and fostering public conversations. He pointed to organizations like Chalkbeat and the Institute for Nonprofit News as examples of innovation in the field. Jarvis also discussed various revenue models, including membership and skill-based advertising, as potential ways to fund journalism. He expressed optimism about the future of journalism, driven by the skills and engagement of new graduates.

Nonprofit newsrooms put focus on mission, impact

02 Oct 2023  |  www.mvj.network
The Nonprofit News Panel at the Military Veterans in Journalism convention emphasized the critical role of nonprofit news in fostering community ties, conveying truth, and providing a voice to the overlooked. Leaders from the Institute for Nonprofit News, The Fuller Project, and The War Horse discussed the unique mission-driven nature of nonprofit journalism, its impact on communities, and the importance of truth and accountability. The panel highlighted the value of nonprofit news in telling stories that might otherwise be forgotten and its power to influence positive change.

Military Veterans in Journalism to discuss veterans in media at NPC, Nov. 11

11 Nov 2022  |  National Press Club
A panel of military veteran journalists, including Bob Woodward, Ron Nixon, Allison Erickson, and Zack Baddorf, will discuss the role of veterans in the news media on Veterans Day at the National Press Club. The event, sponsored by Military Veterans in Journalism, will be moderated by Club President Jen Judson.

Changing Advice – Military Veterans in Journalism

21 Oct 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Seasoned journalists and military veterans shared career advice at the Military Veterans in Journalism’s inaugural convention. The panel, led by Justine Davie, featured J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes, Clara Navarro who is transitioning to National Public Radio, and Davis Winkie of the Army Times. They emphasized the importance of networking, leveraging groups for support, and the value of practical experience through writing and internships.

CNN’s Jake Tapper kicks off inaugural #MVJ2021 convention – Military Veterans in Journalism

21 Oct 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism's first annual convention began with a keynote speech by CNN's Jake Tapper, emphasizing the unique skills veterans bring to newsrooms. Tapper, along with other speakers like Brianna Keilar and Paul Szoldra, highlighted the importance of veterans in journalism and the need for their stories to be heard. The event featured a mix of current and aspiring journalists and included a career fair and breakout sessions focused on investigative and niche reporting.

American University professor teaches investigative skills at #MVJ2021

21 Oct 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Award-winning reporter and American University professor Chris Halsne shared investigative journalism techniques with veterans and servicemembers during the Military Veterans in Journalism's inaugural convention. Halsne emphasized the importance of public records in investigative reporting and provided practical advice on handling Freedom of Information Act requests and dealing with public information officers. The event also featured industry insights from notable journalists like Jake Tapper and Brianna Marie Keilar from CNN.

Google demos free new digital journalism resources at #MVJ2021

15 Oct 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Journalists at the MVJ 2021 Convention learned about the latest digital resources from the Google News Initiative, presented by Mary Nahorniak of the Google News Lab. The session covered specialized search engines like Google Scholar, Dataset Search, Public Data, The Common Knowledge Project, and Fact Check Explore, emphasizing their utility in story development and research. Nahorniak also demonstrated tools like Pinpoint for document analysis and Google Earth Timelapse for visual data representation. All tools are free and aimed at supporting journalists in their work.

Two military vets to be awarded 9-month fellowships in nonprofit newsrooms

01 Sep 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Two military veterans will receive nine-month fellowships in nonprofit newsrooms after graduating from the City University of New York, supported by a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies. The Newmark Veterans in Journalism Fellowship Program, a collaboration between Military Veterans in Journalism, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, aims to address the under-representation of veterans in journalism. The program will recruit veterans for CUNY's journalism master's programs, with graduates joining INN member newsrooms to diversify perspectives and enhance coverage of military and veterans affairs.

Adapt and Overcome: Video Journalism Workshop Kicks Off in Spring of 2021

04 Jan 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) is launching a video journalism workshop in spring 2021, supported by grants from foundations like The Walton Family Foundation. The workshop, initially planned as an in-person event, will now be conducted online due to the pandemic. It aims to equip 10 military veterans with video journalism skills, culminating in a film fest with a prize of a FUJIFILM X-T4 camera kit. The workshop features renowned instructors from Columbia University and will be promoted on social media. MVJ encourages community support through membership, mentoring, volunteering, or donations.

Spring 2021 MVJ Video Journalism Workshop at Ole Miss

01 Jan 2021  |  www.mvj.network
Military Veterans in Journalism will host an online video journalism workshop in spring 2021 for 10 military veterans, sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation. The workshop, in partnership with the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media and supported by FUJIFILM, will be led by Duy Linh Tu, Associate Professor at Columbia University. The course will cover storytelling, camera handling, post-production, and combining audio-visual elements, with guest speakers throughout the week.

We need more veterans serving in America’s newsrooms — and you can help

11 Nov 2020  |  taskandpurpose.com
Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) has received $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support the placement of more veterans in newsrooms. The funds will be used to hire staff, offer fellowships, and create career guidance programs, including radio production skills development. The author, a veteran and journalist, emphasizes the importance of veteran perspectives in media for democracy and calls for more action from media leaders and philanthropic organizations to hire veterans and diversify newsrooms.

We Need More Veterans in America’s Newsrooms

11 Nov 2020  |  Nieman Reports
The article argues for the inclusion of more military veterans in American newsrooms, highlighting the unique skills and perspectives they bring. Despite the significant number of veterans in the U.S., they are underrepresented in media organizations. The author and other veterans share their experiences and challenges in breaking into journalism, emphasizing the benefits of their military training in handling crises and maintaining objectivity. The piece calls for media organizations to reevaluate their hiring practices and support initiatives like Military Veterans in Journalism to facilitate veterans' entry into the industry.

We Need More Veterans in America’s Newsrooms

11 Nov 2020  |  Nieman Foundation
The article argues for the inclusion of more military veterans in American newsrooms, highlighting the unique skills and perspectives they bring. Despite the extensive involvement of the U.S. in various conflicts, veterans are underrepresented in media. The author and other veterans share their experiences, emphasizing the benefits of military training in journalism. The piece calls for media organizations to reevaluate their hiring practices and support initiatives like Military Veterans in Journalism to facilitate veterans' entry into the industry.

UN releases Central African Republic war crimes suspects

06 Nov 2017  |  BBC
The UN mission in the Central African Republic released two rebel fighters accused of shooting a UN peacekeeper in 2015 to appease the electoral process, despite the act being a war crime. The incident highlights ongoing issues with the UN peacekeeping mission, Minusca, and its failure to hold armed groups accountable. The Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) denies the allegations, while Human Rights Watch criticizes the lack of repercussions for the rebels. The fate of the injured peacekeeper remains unclear, and no charges have been made against the released suspects.

Election Is Seen as a Sign of Oppression

06 Aug 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
Paul Kagame's re-election as Rwanda's president with nearly 99 percent of the vote is seen by opponents and rights advocates as indicative of an oppressive political environment. The absence of a viable opposition and the silencing of dissenting views are highlighted. Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda received less than half a percent of the vote, despite expectations of a stronger showing. Human rights organizations and opposition parties report intimidation and harassment, with incidents of violence and financial targeting. The election raises concerns about the perpetuation of 'forever presidents' in Africa.

Ordered to Catch a Warlord, Ugandan Troops Are Accused of Hunting Girls

14 May 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
The United States and Ugandan military have ended their search for Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, after eight years in the Central African Republic. Despite Kony evading capture, Ugandan troops are now facing numerous allegations of sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation of young girls. The United Nations and human rights groups have documented these abuses, with over 30 women and girls reporting rape or sexual harassment by Ugandan soldiers, and 44 instances of pregnancies caused by them. Emmanuel Daba, a local victims’ advocate, highlights the widespread nature of these abuses.

Uganda Ends Its Hunt for Joseph Kony

20 Apr 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
Uganda has begun withdrawing its 1,500 soldiers from the Central African Republic, ending the hunt for warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The United States military will also conclude its mission to capture or kill Kony, whose forces have significantly dwindled. Over nearly three decades, Kony and his fighters killed over 100,000 people and displaced more than two million. The LRA abducted over 20,000 children for use as soldiers, servants, or sex slaves.

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Syria Is Obama's Rwanda

02 Jun 2014  |  www.vice.com
The article recounts the harrowing experiences of Qusai Zakarya during the Syrian Civil War, particularly focusing on the chemical weapons attack in Moadamiya and the subsequent siege by Assad's forces. It criticizes President Barack Obama for failing to take decisive action against the Assad regime despite the 'red line' on chemical weapons use. The narrative highlights the suffering of Syrian civilians, the international community's inaction, and the ongoing struggle for survival and freedom. Qusai's activism and efforts to raise awareness in the US are also detailed, emphasizing the need for greater international intervention.

Syria Is Obama's Rwanda

30 May 2014  |  www.vice.com
On August 21, 2013, a chemical weapons attack in Moadamiya, Syria, exposed over 550 people to sarin gas, resulting in numerous casualties. Qusai Zakarya, a survivor, recounted the harrowing experience and the subsequent siege by Syrian government forces that included starvation tactics. Despite international outrage and threats of military action by President Barack Obama, the U.S. ultimately refrained from intervention. Qusai became a spokesperson for his town, advocating for international support and criticizing Obama's inaction. The article details Qusai's escape to the U.S. and his efforts to raise awareness about the Syrian conflict, while the situation in Moadamiya and other besieged areas remains dire.

We Spoke with the Euromaidan Activist Who Was Forced to Flee Crimea

14 Mar 2014  |  www.vice.com
Viktor Neganov, head of the Euromaidan movement in Sevastopol, Ukraine, faced violent opposition from pro-Russian forces and was forced to flee to Kiev after his life was threatened. Despite the risks, he returned to Sevastopol briefly, hiding from pro-Russian militias. Neganov discusses the challenges faced by activists, the influence of Russian propaganda, and the complex political dynamics in Crimea. He highlights the support for Ukrainian sovereignty among some Crimeans and criticizes the Russian military and local institutions for their aggressive tactics and support for Russian annexation.

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