This episode explores The Christian Science Monitor’s recent five-part series on famine in Africa. Senior Staff Photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman follows up on our our previous conversation with Editor Mark Sappenfield, in an interview discussing how the Monitor pursues its core founding purpose in today’s changed media landscape. Along with additional commentary from Sappenfield and Managing Editor Amelia Newcomb, Freeman demonstrates how this news source “dares to see the world differently.”

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Mark Sappenfield
Mark Sappenfield is editor at The Christian Science Monitor. He has also served as the Monitor‘s National News Editor for three years and Deputy National News Editor for five years. His previous posts involved reporting from South Asia; the Pentagon; the California Bay Area; and Boston. He has also reported from seven Olympic Winter and Summer Games. Sappenfield began his career at the Monitor in 1996. He received his degree in journalism from Washington & Lee University.

Amelia Newcomb
Amelia Newcomb is Managing Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. Prior to that, she served as the Monitor‘s International News Editor, overseeing four staff bureaus and numerous contributors from around the globe. She started her career at the Monitor as an editor for features and national news. Newcomb was also a foreign affairs correspondent for Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun in Washington. After rejoining the Monitor in 1995, she edited and wrote on a wide variety of education issues. A graduate of Harvard University in East Asian Studies, she also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Melanie Stetson Freeman
Melanie Stetson Freeman has been a senior staff photographer with The Christian Science Monitor for 32 years. Based in Boston, she has traveled to over 70 countries on all seven continents on feature and news assignments. As a newsmagazine photojournalist, she covers a wide variety of subjects, and especially enjoys focusing on social issues and wildlife preservation. She won the World Hunger Year photojournalism award in 1988 for her photographs of child laborers, child soldiers, and child prostitutes in the developing world. Freeman received an MA in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a BS in history from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois.




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