Corey Black (Nepal)


Corey Black

Corey Black (Jagaran Media Center – JMC): Corey holds an undergraduate degree in political studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then obtained a Masters degree in International Politics from the University of Edinburgh. After returning to Canada, Corey conducted environmental and energy policy research for Gerard Kennedy, a Canadian federal Member of Parliament, and worked as part of Mr Kennedy’s communications and outreach team during the 2011 federal election. Corey’s AP fellowship was supported by the Human Rights Internet in Ottawa. After his fellowship Corey wrote: “If I do decide to pursue [a PhD], this experience will surely influence my research and critique of schools of thought.”



15 Oct

From Bus to Hotel, Journalism Training in Nepal

The grassroots journalism project is complete, and ten Jagaran Media Center affiliated Dalit journalists are now active on blogs and other social media platforms. Prakash Mohara and I crisscrossed the country, from Sunsari district in the east to Kailali in the west, and Baglung in the north, training and meeting journalists and local human rights-focused […]

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Posted Oct 15, 2011

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14 Sep

A public goodbye

Crowds lined one of Pashupati’s bridges over the Bagmati River and opposing viewing gallery, pressing for a view onto the spectacle of an influential man’s last rites and cremation. For death here, and its aftermath, are public affairs. Mourning and grief and shock are communal, while the remains of the dead go up in smoke […]

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Posted Sep 14, 2011

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06 Sep

Presentation on social media, its influence, and Nepali journalism

August 9: Social media’s vindication from a narcissistic, techno-utopian, and impersonal medium to one of seriousness and influence was qualified with the Arab Spring, or so the story goes. Facebook groups like “Khaled Said” and “April 6th Youth Movement” gained popularity as revolutionary hubs for information and direction while protesters flooded the streets of Cairo […]

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Posted Sep 06, 2011

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29 Aug

Journalism Training in the East, First Day

August 8: We had traveled throughout the night, and were in Janakpur in the east for journalism training. The JMC, sponsored by the Finnish government, conducts trainings for aspiring and established journalists. The aspiring ones are generally Dalits, and the goal is to get them working for the Nepali press, and hopefully be more representative […]

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Posted Aug 29, 2011

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18 Aug

The Fall of a Nepali Icon

Few people I’ve personally met have left an indelible impression on me for their greatness, as in over the course of our conversations, an existential crisis gradually looms as the value of my being gradually fades into inconsequence and my ego dissolved, as compared to this looming impressionable tower of an individual. Their ideas, vision, […]

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Posted Aug 18, 2011

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11 Aug

Anatomy of an Advocacy Journalism Project

Nepali media tends to focus it’s reporting on the political leadership and its business: meetings, speeches, events, power struggles, etc. Most is rife with misinformation and lies – promises and actions occupy two segregated parallel universes in Nepali politics – but is reported nonetheless as is. It’s lazy and easy journalism, and social issues do […]

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Posted Aug 11, 2011

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10 Aug

The project begins

Our hired jeep (and driver) is late to get the crew at JMC headquarters, so we finally hit the road at 8pm, four hours late. We start off by picking up “spare parts” at the garage, and head for dinner in the downpour in Kathmandu – still no progress. Beers and Nepali red wine fill […]

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Posted Aug 10, 2011

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20 Jul

Early Dark Nights

We had come back to our guesthouse in Tulsipur from dinner around 10pm, staying late at a restaurant on the outskirts of town. En route, crossing the rubble streets, lined with vegetable stalls and shops, the only movement disturbing the night was the odd wild dog gnawing on garbage, and a few flickering household lights. […]

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Posted Jul 20, 2011

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15 Jul

Wretched Travel

The best, and funniest, description of Nepali bus travel I’ve ever come across, courtesy of AP Fellow Chelsea Ament’s text messages (sorry Chelsea): “Get this. They just filled the luggage compartments with goats, as well as filling the roof rack w/ goats. They are peeing and its running down my window… loving this bus ride… […]

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Posted Jul 15, 2011

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13 Jul

From Malaria Eradication to Bonded Child Labour: A Counter-Intuitive Relationship

So, foreign aid flaps its altruistic wings on one side of the ocean, and causes a hurricane on the other, with the wreckage only beginning to be cleared. The innocence of eradicating one deadly disease leads to the robbery and enslavement of an indigenous people on their own land. Our grand actions from afar, schooled in our detached and isolated institutions, can often have disastrous unintended local consequences in foreign lands.

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Posted Jul 13, 2011

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26 Jun

The Big Sacrifice in South Asia

Over a dinner of naan and curried vegetables in a small, hole in the wall restaurant in Kathmandu’s Jawalakhel neighbourhood, exiled Bangladeshi journalist William Gomes once told me, “I feel like a prisoner here, in my room, in Nepal… I cannot go home. I don’t have my own money, or anything. I have enough to […]

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Posted Jun 26, 2011

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23 Jun

A Quick Note on Nepali Aid

A recent U.N. commissioned report ranks Nepal sixth of Least Developing Countries (LDCs) for illicit capital outflows. The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from the Least Developed Countries: 1990-2008”, states that US $9.1 billion (NRs 657.93 billion) was shipped out of the country illegally during that 10 year period. Other highlights of the report, courtesy […]

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Posted Jun 23, 2011

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15 Jun

The elephant in the room, screaming for attention: South Asia’s environmental problem

You can see it in Kathmandu’s rivers, clogged of garbage and the occasional carcass. Slum kids play and bathe in these waters, sometimes directly below riverside pastures of buffalo, with their leaching refuse and all. If lucky, you can sometimes read it in the papers and hear it on the radio, with word of increasingly […]

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Posted Jun 15, 2011

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06 Jun

Wild Dogs of the Night

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co_lCez2B7g (Recorded from my rooftop, June 6) Oh, these wild dogs. Keeping me up, barking all night long. I’m a light sleeper, and a dripping bathroom faucet is enough to keep me awake. A lot of Kathmandu’s dogs are without an owner or home, and they roam the streets – some in packs, others alone. […]

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Posted Jun 06, 2011

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03 Jun

A Different Media Landscape

Yesterday’s newspaper is not unique, and most Nepali news outlets follow a similar pattern of allegiance to the political hierarchy and pay little attention to on the ground and behind the scene stories. Understanding ordinary Nepalese struggles, concerns, and views is difficult to find in Nepali news pages, as is a contextual framework from which to analyze the news and compare contrasting views.

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Posted Jun 03, 2011

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24 May

Political Silly Season in Nepal

The banda is Nepal’s version of a strike, and a uniquely Nepali one at that. This is not your London or Madrid student protest, Greek civil servant strike, or French air traffic controller strike. Here, depending on the type of banda called, whole cities, regions, and country itself, shutdown. Enforcers, linked to whichever group or […]

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Posted May 24, 2011

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20 May

The Monsoon is Coming!

In anticipation of the monsoon, the Rain God Rato Machhendranath‘s chariot is pulled through the Lalitpur neighbourhood by his ethnic Newari devotees. Two chariots are pulled, with the community electing who gets to conduct the chariot and who gets to ride high on the chariots tall (20 meter) bamboo and pine spires. Festivals past, the […]

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Posted May 20, 2011

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18 May

A Loud First Lesson

Kathmandu’s madness is in its loudness, speed, smell, and lack of formal coordination. But somehow, synchronicity flourishes in its people, and all is taken in stride – epitomized by the Nepali saying “khe garne?”, or “what is there to do?”. Like a Jackson Pollock painting, there is flow and beauty in the discord. It all works, and is wondrous.

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Posted May 18, 2011

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13 May

First Impressions of Kathmandu

My first day on the mad streets of Kathmandu, with my host Prakash of the JMC leading the way. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wc6s1orGdE

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Posted May 13, 2011

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06 May

Goodbye Canada

So time to depart the heavy rains of Toronto’s spring, and arrive as monsoon season prepares it’s lashing of Kathmandu. Suitcases are packed, preparations have been made, but my mind and body remain in Toronto. The work of past Peace Fellows at the JMC helps serve me as a mental guide, but it can only be that.

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Posted May 06, 2011

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