MOROCCO WORLD NEWS
Being a journalist abroad had always been a dream. Technically, as an international student reporting for my university newspaper in the U.S., I was already a journalist abroad — but I wanted to see if I could push myself even more.
During my junior year, I spent a semester studying Field Studies in Journalism and New Media in Morocco. The moment arrived, I began hunting for ways to report. That's how I ended up as a news correspondent and staff photographer for Morocco World News, my work for which can be seen on my Author's Page. I wrote over 40 stories, took hundreds of photos, interviewed dozens of people and learned how to produce credible journalism under a monarchy with strict control over the freedom of the press.
STORIES AND ARTICLES
Nation-wide Moroccan contractual teachers' strike
Thousands of the Morocco's teachers rocked the country's education system by striking and protesting for job stability, increased pay, promotions, health care and pensions. The coverage below follows the movement over the course of nearly three months:
Story I: Two protests take place in Rabat on International Women's Day
Story II: Contractual and Cell 9 teachers: 'We will continue our protests'
Story III: Moroccan teachers march into April, making 3 months of protests
Story IV: Moroccan teachers: 'We can't go back until government gives in'
Story V: Moroccan teachers: 'Each protest gets bigger as more join us'
Story VI: Police disperse teachers protests at Morocco's Parliament
Story VII: Moroccan teachers to suspend strike after month of turmoil
Story VIII: Unions and protestors march on Labor Day in Morocco
A devout man’s vendetta to bring literature to Rabat
RABAT, MOROCCO — Sprawled on a rug, under the shade of a street-side tree, Mohammed Aziz began taking his revenge by re-reading one of the nine books he owned. Orphaned at the age of six, Aziz attempted to afford his dream of graduating high school, but the textbooks were too expensive. Angry and without a diploma Aziz's more than half-century career as a bookseller began...
Post-appeal decision brings hundreds to protest for Hirak Rif activists
RABAT, MOROCCO — The sound of rain was drowned out by the chants of hundreds of protestors at this year’s first major march in support of Hirak Rif prisoners in Morocco, following a controversial court decision. Slogans such as “No liberty, no peace” rattled the gates of Parliament as dozens of protesters waving Amazigh flags rallied in front of the building in Rabat...
From terrorist to disciple: Moroccan Hollywood's longest-serving extra
OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO — With a lit cigarette between his lips and a walking cane in hand, "Osama Bin Laden" left his clay home to begin his daily neighborhood stroll. The only sound on that Thursday morning were the flip-flop of his sandals — a methodical pitter-patter that paused three times...
Pope Francis starts 2-day visit in Morocco to boost interfaith dialogue
RABAT, MOROCCO — Under the cover of surrounding buildings, dozens of people lined the streets of Rabat to welcome Pope Francis to Morocco, whose two-day visit will focus on interfaith dialogue and issues of migration. King Mohammed VI received the pope at the Rabat-Sale Airport and escorted him to Hassan Tower — a long awaited meeting that was first officially announced in March...
This story was Part I of two regarding the pope's visit:
Story I: Pope Francis starts 2-day visit in Morocco to boost interfaith dialogue
Story II: Hundreds gather to attend Pope Francis' mass in Morocco
I never would have been able to take any of these photos if it were not for Mary Bernard, who generously let me borrow her indestructible Nikon D3300 whenever I needed.