GUWAHATI, April 2 - Two-time Pulitzer awardee Paul Salopek, scientist, National Geographic explorer and international journalist, interacted with the students of Royal School of Communication & Media on �The Art of Storytelling & Walking� at Royal Global University here today, said a press release.
Salopek asked the students to think differently and motivated them to become �slow journalists� to explore the hidden issues of the world.
Noted journalist Priyanka Borpujari is Paul Salopek�s Indian walking partner who is chronicling the ancestral journey undertaken by our ancestors out of Africa and across the world.
Salopek started his interaction with a presentation covering the major stories of the current era � from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival � by giving voice to the people who inhabit them every day. As a �slow journalist�, he has followed in the footsteps of the first men who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age.
Through his words, photographs, video and audio, he voices the stories told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers and artists who seldom make headlines. He began his 7-year walk in 2013 to retrace global migration history on foot beginning in Africa, in Ethiopia, across the Middle East and through Asia via Alaska and down the western edge of the Americas to the southern tip of Chile.
Salopek�s project is called �Out of Eden Walk� funded by National Geographic Magazine, the Knight Foundation and the Abundance Foundation. �Walking by definition makes you a better storyteller because you are charging,� he said.
Journalist Borpujari gave a presentation on the unobserved mundane downtrodden people contributing to mainstream economy but going unnoticed and unsung.
Students from Cotton University, Gauhati University, JB Law College etc., also interacted with Salopek and Borpujari.
The event was organised to give an in-depth knowledge to the students about how journalism can be pursued as an unobstructed passion for several years.