Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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AMAZON FEAST: Andrew Downie found today's story on massive Amazon land schemes one of the most complicated pieces of reporting he's ever done. "Brazil's byzantine system of land registration going back 350 years, combined with a legal morass, made it almost impossible to understand what was happening," he says. He read documents from government investigators, met with them for several hours, and went away thinking he understood. "I called back to confirm a few things, and they told me I'd got it turned around," he says. The only bright spot in the assignment, says Andrew, was a trip to a remote area where farmers were trying to persuade local politicians to protect their land. "It was a humble place. But they'd prepared all this locally grown food. "On a wooden table, there were a dozen different Amazon fruits, it was amazing!" Andrew didn't recognize most items, and they had names he couldn't find a translation for.

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