Faith Through My Eyes

June 25, 2009


Follow me on my reporting travels across Europe as I find a wide array of religious sects and cultures.
Red — Catholicism
Pink — Sikhism
Yellow — Protestantism
Blue — Judaism
Green — Islam

All images shot by Sarah Whitmire for Faith & Friction blog for the Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication.
® Sarah Whitmire 2009


Paris Back Story: Reporting on Le Marais

June 14, 2009


(This Report was drafted on June 9)

When it rains, it pours.

That seems a fitting way to begin my Paris back story for two reasons. First, it has been raining on and off over here, which makes the city look really gloomy and depressing.

It’s also fitting because of the way my second story seems to be going. Remember how I was waxing poetic about the triumphant feeling journalists get when they pull off the impossible? It goes both ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Il était une fois…

June 9, 2009


Today, I played photojournalist. I met Michael Sawyer, a British photographer living in France and working for the Associated Press, and we journeyed out into Le Marais, the gay and Jewish neighborhood of Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

An Afternoon in Le Marais

June 9, 2009


Le Marais is a district in Paris noted for its Jewish and homosexual communities.

Though we’d hoped to see an intermingling of the two facets of this area, after walking the streets, it seemed that the groups just happened to be next to each other. Read the rest of this entry »

La Marais

June 9, 2009


I spent the afternoon walking around a community called La Marais with AP photographer Michael Sawyer. The neighborhood started out mainly as a Jewish community, but today it’s also a gay community.

After we stopped to eat delicious fallafels, we walked the streets of the neighborhood. It was interesting to see the two groups co-exist on the streets. The first area we photographed was a synagogue and a lot of Jewish men in the street. I didn’t see the mingling of the two groups and started to wonder what we were doing there. Read the rest of this entry »

Le Marais

June 9, 2009

Jewish Community
Today we walked around Le Marais in Paris, where a gay community exists down the street from a Jewish community. I went with the photography group. Michael Sawyer, a freelance photographer, led the way. We snapped pictures of the two communities, which was difficult without a decent zoom lense. In America, you can take a picture of anyone in a public area. But that law doesn’t exist in Paris. You could tell that many felt uncomfortable having their picture taken.  Read the rest of this entry »

“Oh, great, so what’s it gonna be … matzo and cupcakes?”

June 9, 2009


This was sarcastically and rather crassly uttered by one of my fellow trip mates, Jim King, as we hear that we’re traveling to the gay and Jewish section of Paris on our first full day in the city.

We break into two groups so as to not intimidate the Parisians as we approach them for possible interviews. No one really knew what to expect as we went on a walk about through Le Marais (pronounced “luh maray”).


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