“How does Mr Paul Salopek do it?”

The question was among the first to be asked, in the very first hour of a 12-hour workshop on slow journalism spread over September 28-29.

Who knows? The scope and scale of Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk, and its over-arching ambition, is way beyond our ability to explain. We did tell the students, though, that the workshop — the first in a series of fortnightly interactions with students of the digital media stream at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai — was Paul’s idea, and the outcome of his advice to us.

The workshop was divided into two distinct segments. In the first, spanning the whole of Monday afternoon and evening, the students were prompted to arrive at their own understanding of narrative journalism and its younger sibling, slow/deep journalism.  Read more