Archive — Hagit Bachrach


A Peek into AP’s Interactive Machinery

This is one of a series of blog posts from the second ONA class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 who are beginning to make their voices heard and expand the boundaries of digital news. Fellow Hagit Bachrach is a video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations.


As part of my MJ Bear Fellowship, I had the great fortune of being mentored by Paul Cheung, Global Interactives Editor at the Associated Press. A few months back, Paul invited me to shadow him for the day and check out the great work he and his team are doing up close.

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Free multimedia tools offer high-end results

This is one of a series of blog posts from the second ONA class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 who are beginning to make their voices heard and expand the boundaries of digital news. Fellow Hagit Bachrach is a video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations.


If you work for a low-budget operation, or you’re just getting started building a portfolio, there are a lot of open-source or free tools out there that can help you bring your content to life. These are a few of my favorites:

Video: YouTube

YouTube has a lot of benefits — being free is just one of them. The platform is not just a player, it’s now also a video editor. While a far cry from Final Cut Pro or Premiere as far as its capabilities, it gives you the keys to some of the basics, like trimming your videos, compiling a video from multiple clips, stabilizing your shots or applying some filters. It also gives you features not found in traditional editing software, like uploading captions, creating playlists and inserting clickable annotations.

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Opening up the gates to global reporting

This is one of a series of blog posts from the second ONA class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 who are beginning to make their voices heard and expand the boundaries of digital news. Fellow Hagit Bachrach is a video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations.


One of the biggest challenges I face in covering international affairs and foreign policy is the lack of direct access to the people and the regions I report on.

This is hardly uncommon, as many news organizations have been cutting back on foreign bureaus and international coverage for years. One organization working to fill the gap is the International Reporting Project, which has provided hundreds of journalists with access to more than 100 countries through its fellowships and reporting trips.

Two sisters, 20 days and 18 months, sleep in a hallway in a slum resettlement project in Mumbai.

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Tackling complex issues, unleashed from the clock

This is one of a series of blog posts from the second ONA class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 who are beginning to make their voices heard and expand the boundaries of digital news. Fellow Hagit Bachrach is a video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I worked on hard-core news desks for many years, and there are a lot of things I miss. I miss breaking news, I miss convincing sources to go on record, I miss asking unexpected hard-hitting questions, and perhaps most of all, I miss the pace.

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