Author Archives: thejohnjeff

Mayan Radio in Guatemala: Fighting for Identity

by Jeff Hutter Special to Sutradhar’s Market Access to information and media is particularly challenging for Guatemalan citizens. The country’s topography and infrastructure preclude the distribution of newspapers to areas outside of Guatemala City. The country’s high illiteracy rate compounds … Continue reading

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Gamu Nhengu: Asylum-Seeking Television Contestant Wins Her Fight

by Jeff Hutter Gamu Nhengu is a 19-year-old Zimbabwean-born Scottish resident who captivated millions in the U.K. a year ago when she appeared on the British version of the television program, The X Factor. After just her first audition, Facebook … Continue reading

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Cuba’s Reforms: Farmers Now, Media Later?

by Jeff Hutter Tomorrow, Dec. 1, Cuban farmers will be able to circumvent government intervention and sell produce directly to hotels and restaurants. The reform is one of the myriad of changes President Raul Castro has instituted over the last … Continue reading

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MTV & the European Music Awards Rediscover Belfast

by Jeff Hutter What are the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, and Selena Gomez doing in the small city of Belfast, Northern Ireland? Last Sunday, MTV set the stage for the 2011 European Music Awards in the smallest city … Continue reading

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Hitting a Sour Note: Cheryl Cole’s Accent Silenced on The X Factor

by Jeff Hutter I’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Cole.   Most of you probably don’t know who she is, but you could have. You can thank Rupert Murdoch and FOX TV network executives for removing her from U.S. … Continue reading

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