All posts in category Travel and Personal Essays

Bringing change into focus: ‘Photo-activist’ sets sights on Kenya Parliament

He once delivered live pigs to politicians to protest their outrageous pay. This week, the President conceded: salaries must be slashed. Meet Boniface Mwangi, the former Standard photojournalist making change happen. 

They’re people, not props: Photographing across cultures

Following is an adaptation of presentations given during my professorship at the University of Montana, and a variation on earlier talks for the National Press Photographers Association, Poynter, SND, and my ongoing work with the photojournalists of Standard Media Group of East Africa. For more in words and visuals about my life and work in Africa and elsewhere in the world, visit this […]

36 countries later, returning home to the LaPorte County Fair

Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays. By Ron Reason

Protected: Thanksgiving, day of loss: Norman Rockwell never painted a holiday like this

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Lessons from Burning Man: 7 ways to ignite change on your own

The following is adapted from my final lecture of the Distinguished Professorship I held at University of Montana, where I wanted to send my students out into the world with eyes wide open, and some preparation for the creative ruts they just might encounter along the way. They loved the fact that their prof had […]

An accidental visit to jewel of an eco-resort, Ananda in the Himalayas

The following travel essay was revised and updated from an earlier post at my now archived blog, Travel With Reason, for discussion and use in my teaching this spring at University of Montana.  By Ron Reason

Jaded by Pride Fests? Find young revelry, maybe marriage, in Tel Aviv

Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays. By Ron Reason 

For a new library in Kenya’s largest slum: 3,800 books, and hope

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason

Making a difference in the Third World: 3 women discuss their determination

[This post was originally published on my now archived travel blog, Travel With Reason, and has been revised for sharing with my class at the University of Montana, as many students are interested in international travel and outreach. Updates on each subject interviewed appear at the start of each segment. For a variety of other essays and collected […]

Advice for young (and seasoned) journalists? Ask some very recent grads

Grizzly grads tell current students loud and clear: Get ready to be rocked by (and enjoy)  digital-first publishing, heavy on social media, in a workplace of constant change. [February 10, 2015, Missoula, Mont.] How are recent journalism grads navigating, or causing, the disruption rocking the news media today? That was the assignment for students in my […]