All posts in category Travel

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. 




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 Africa: 3 women share their passion for reaching out

[This post was originally published in 2008 on my now archived travel blog, and has been revised for sharing with my class at the University of Montana, as many students were 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 writings […]




In the African dirt: The ‘truth’ behind one compelling photo

By Ron Reason For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Since my initial visit to Africa in 2006, I’ve returned a number of times and produced thousands of photos. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers; some have […]




Framing a future for Kibera’s M2 (Maasai Mbili) artists collective

Story and Photos by Ron Reason [For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Among first impressions of visiting Nairobi’s massive Kibera slum: the place is a lot more colorful, and visually expressive and inspiring, than one might expect. […]




At Poynter, a must-see photo exhibit on Africa

Poynter has long been a place where smart conversation about international photojournalism has taken place. (Kudos to my friend and former colleague Kenny Irby, who has worked hard to bring previous exhibits including the Pictures of the Year winners.) Thus I was not surprised during my recent visit to see Poynter hosting a world-class photo […]




Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]




‘What is a man to do?’ Start up a newspaper!

Have had the good fortune to work with Dele Olojede on the founding of NeXT, a start-up newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria. The city can be called a challenging environment to start up any business, at any time, but a recession makes things extra challenging. Despite this, NeXT launched as a website in December, and in […]




For the new Standard, compelling front pages that spark dialogue

Famine, corruption, public safety: How rethinking a newsroom heightened its watchdog role.  By Ron Reason




Being in an African newsroom, when the big story erupts

[Nairobi, Kenya] There’s nothing quite like being in a newsroom when news breaks, and that’s one thing I miss about life as a full-time journalist. As a consultant, I have to take that excitement as I can get it, while on-site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in Nairobi, […]