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Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 82 - Journalism in Russia

Natasha Kondrashova, a Russian journalist, had a recent felllowship with the Times.
Natasha Kondrashova, a Russian journalist, had a recent felllowship with the Times.
Published Jul. 10

Today’s podcast features a conversation with Natasha Kondrashova, a Russian journalist who visited the Tampa Bay Times’ newsroom as part of a program of the International Center for Journalists. She discusses the challenges and limitations of working as a journalist in her country.

Read the story she wrote during her fellowship: A look inside Vladimir’s Collectibles, St. Petersburg’s wonderland of Russian art. And explore her YouTube channel.

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  1. Shane Sheil, 16, only wanted three things for Christmas, an Xbox 360, a skateboard and a family.  After a story about Shane ran in the St. Petersburg Times, the community responded, and two of his three wishes have already been fulfilled.  Someone donated an Xbox 360 to him, and a local skateboard shop offered to let him come in and pick out anything he wanted.  He now spends his days playing games like Need for Speed Carbon with friends, and said he hopes he can go get the skateboard up soon.  (MELISSA LYTTLE | Times) [LYTTLE, MELISSA  |  St. Petersburg Times]
    The generosity of more than 100 people Shane Sheil, a 16-year-old in Pinellas County’s foster care system, never met changed his life.
  2.  [Maria Carrillo]
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  4. These kids have their own podcast about children's books. And they told us about their favorite stories. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE]
  5. Author Beth Macy, center, tells the story behind her latest book, Dopesick. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]
  6. Tom Jones of the Poynter Institute talks about his favorite journalism movies. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]
  7. In the Tampa Bay Times newsroom, we capture each other's quotes on a wall of fame. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]
  8. Jan Winburn encourages reporters to put themselves into their stories when they have a unique perspective to add. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]
  9. Lincoln DeLuna and his family feed ducks on an August afternoon. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times]
  10. Monica Herndon was a regular presence at football and baseball games in Tampa Bay. [Julio Aguilar]