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About this Module

Meet the writers

Angie Chuang is an assistant professor of journalism at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She teaches reporting and media history classes, and specializes in race issues in journalism and community reporting. She was a reporter for The Oregonian, The Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times for 13 years, and developed a Race and Ethnicity Issues Beat at The Oregonian. Among her more memorable interviews have been: Prince (or the Artist Formerly Know As), a woman in rural Afghanistan a half-day’s drive from the nearest paved road, and the dozens of dedicated and passionate citizen journalists whose voices comprise this learning module.

Lynne Perri is a journalist-in-residence at American University’s School of Communication, where she teaches news design and graphics, reporting and writing classes. She also created a distance-education course in writing and researching graphics. She is a freelance designer and leads visual workshops; recent clients include and the Kaiser Media Fellows. She is a former deputy managing editor for Graphics & Photography at USA TODAY, where she conceptualized illustrations, graphics, maps and photo packages, and also wrote articles and book reviews.

Original web production by Wendell Cochran, associate professor and senior editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University School of Communication.

Research assistance was provided by Kelly Conniff, American University M.A. Journalism ’09.


Laura Elizabeth Pohl is a freelance photographer and multimedia journalist in Washington, D.C. She also serves as treasurer of the Women Photojournalists of Washington. Laura received her B.A. from American University and her M.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can see more of her work at her Web site.

Emily Scott is from historic Fredricksburg, Va. She entered the professional world as an English professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. But her fascination with the media coverage of the Iraq War led her to pursue documentary filmmaking in Washington, D.C.

All photos in this module were taken by Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Lynne Perri or were provided by the citizen journalists themselves. Photos of Professors Chuang and Perri on this page were taken by Jeff Watts.

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