Jacob Kushner, a young journalist with a grant from the Pulitzer Center, has produced a new e-book on China and the Congo, which can be downloaded on Kindle for just $1.99. Viewing his creative effort is well worth the small expense. Kushner traveled to the DRC, interviewing Chinese managers, Congolese officials, visiting the Sicomines project, and immersing himself in a challenging environment. While as journalism, this isn't the detailed look at China and the DRC that scholars like Johanna Jansson have produced, it is a fascinating "new age of journalism" multi-media production. (Look past the catchy title: Kushner might have more usefully put "Congo Plan" in quotation marks, as he ends up doubting that there is a plan.) The talented Mr. Kushner combines short videos, excellent photographs, and traditional narrative to produce a book that is far more of an experience than simply a read. If this is the future of journalism as reflected in books, I'm looking forward to it.
We recently interviewed Jacob Kushner for the China in Africa Podcast about his new multimedia book. He's a very interesting guy with some very interesting perspectives on China's expanding role in the DRC. Here is a link to the show: http://snd.sc/16Gsq5X
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