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PAULINE'S PICKS: FloridaToday.com Examines Zambia Missionary Project

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

PAULINE'S PICKS: FloridaToday.com Examines Zambia Missionary Project

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Access is the secret ingredient in journalism that can make or break a story. Anyone can make phone calls from a desk, but going into the nooks and crannies of the field is what makes a story great.

Today I came across a multimedia project posted at FloridaToday.com. It looks into a program that sends teenagers from all over the country to Zambia to offer shoes and spiritual guidance to the villages that have been ravaged by AIDS and malaria. The teenagers focus mostly on the children, who have been orphaned by the disease and can be lost without their parents.

Initially I feared it would be a newspaper version of the documentary, "Jesus Camp," but I would have been wrong. One of the biggest strengths of the project is how it shows what these teenagers go through to prepare for their trip and what life is like in sub-Saharan Africa. Here's a hint: It's rural and it looks really hot.

No mention of this project would be complete without talking about the amazing video and photography that is at the heart of it. …

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