Warm reception for conflict reporting class

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

A group from a CSJMM’s conflict reporting class and I travelled by bus to the border of Georgia and South Ossetia on a cold, snowy day. Upon arrival in Nokozi, Eteri Longurashvili saw our bus and immediately invited us into her home to warm ourselves by the wood-burning stove. Thank goodness! Although Eteri was not expecting ten strangers, she brought out a fresh tablecloth and started emptying her pantry. She offered all kinds of fruit, bread, cheese, different vegetable dishes, chicken, fish, candies, and several other items. “Please eat,” she said. Then she poured everyone a glass of homemade vodka. The fire warmed our outsides and the vodka finished the job by warming our insides. But then it was time to work. CSJMM’s students began to interview various Nikozi residents about the security situation and the economic conditions in the area. Stepnadtze Maro, pictured below, has gone through a lot in her life, but she still finds joy and she seemed to enjoy the students’ attention.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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