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Author Archives: Tara Graham

  • Mediating

    Aug 23

    The #GlobalPOV Project: Is Privilege Poverty?

    Written by Tara Graham

    SCRIPT EXCERPT: Many people today, particularly those living comfortably in the global North, want to do something to solve the problems of the world, such as the problem of global poverty. They want to act upon poverty, alleviate poverty, volunteer to end poverty—but we must ask: What motivates us to travel short or long distances, to spend a day, a week, many months, or even a spare 15 minutes,...

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  • Mediating

    #GlobalPOV=Doing Good Responsibly, Reports NextBillion
    Jul 29

    #GlobalPOV=Doing Good Responsibly, Reports NextBillion

    Written by Tara Graham

    NextBillion, an initiative of the World Resources Institute’s Markets and Enterprise Program in partnership with the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan, is a web forum for the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. NextBillion recently highlighted The #GlobalPOV Project as part of its “NexThought Monday” coverage: Hardly a day goes...

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  • Mediating

    Jul 02

    The #GlobalPOV Project: Are Slums The Global Urban Future?

    Written by Tara Graham

    SCRIPT EXCERPT: Welcome to the world-class city. It has towers, expressways, shopping malls, airports, private schools, and gated condominiums with golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts. It has no slums, but the world-class city is built by slums — a paradox isn’t it? To see the city from the slum provides a different view, a view of the global urban future. Based on Prof. Ananya Roy’s popular Global...

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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Fencing Policies: Examining U.S. & Mexican Immigration Laws

    Written by Tara Graham

    Fencing Policies is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Maria Esparza during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Recently, immigration has been all over the news but not many of these conversations have touched on human rights. There are different angles to the immigration debate; this website will focus on economic migrants’ rights. Specifically, what immigration laws are in place in the United States and...

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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Literacy Lockup: Education in American Prisons

    Written by Tara Graham

    Literacy Lockup is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Katherine Fleeman during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Prison is often out of sight, out of mind, and therefore not commonly discussed. Prisons are frequently built in rural and economically depressed areas and are therefore far from scrutiny. Security measures – such as prohibiting visitors from bringing in cell phones and cameras — make it difficult to...

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  • Student Work

    SPACExRACE: The Physical Frontiers Defining Race In America
    May 20

    SPACExRACE: The Physical Frontiers Defining Race In America

    Written by Tara Graham

    SPACExRACE is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Nishant Budhraja during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: The overall concept behind SPACExRACE is one that embraces and delves into complexity. As such, readers who are perhaps less familiar with concepts related to spatiality and race (and even those who are familiar) may find it helpful to get some background information on the topics at hand....

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  • Mediating

    May 06

    The #GlobalPOV Project: Who Profits From Poverty?

    Written by Tara Graham

    The third video in The #GlobalPOV Project series is an exploration of the poverty business. SCRIPT EXCERPT: The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. Profits are made on the labor of the poor, the consumption of the poor, and the debt of the poor; meanwhile the poor remain — poor. So who profits from poverty? Based...

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  • Mediating

    #GlobalPOV on Mediabistro’s “AllTwitter”
    May 03

    #GlobalPOV on Mediabistro’s “AllTwitter”

    Written by Tara Graham

    AllTwitter, a Mediabistro website devoted to breaking Twitter news, highlighted The #GlobalPOV Project as part of its “Pay It Forward Friday” coverage. Regarding the #GlobalPOV video series, AllTwitter writes: And the online videos they’re creating are intended to help “crystallize the nuanced teachings of Berkeley’s biggest minor, Global Poverty and Practice, offered by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.” The videos are posted online so those outside of the school can...

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  • Reporting

    ABC’s 20/20 Features Viral Video Footage of Jonas Brothers Stampede
    Apr 26

    ABC’s 20/20 Features Viral Video Footage of Jonas Brothers Stampede

    Written by Tara Graham

    ABC’s primetime news magazine program, “20/20,” aired an investigative report on social behavior and crowd chaos that featured the viral stampede footage I shot using my smartphone at a Jonas Brothers concert in May, 2010. (ABC Air Date: Apr. 26, 2013, Episode: “In An Instant”). NOTE: This post is an update to a previous post tracking the viral popularity of (and subsequent mainstream media interest in) the stampede footage when I posted...

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  • Mediating

    Borgen Project Highlights #GlobalPOV Project
    Apr 16

    Borgen Project Highlights #GlobalPOV Project

    Written by Tara Graham

    The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization with mission to fight extreme poverty through policy (not charity!) intervention, recently published an article highlighting The #GlobalPOV Project’s mixed-media approach to curriculum development and pedagogy. Check out the article here. To learn more about The Borgen Project, visit the website or read its mission statement below: The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to...

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  • Mediating

    #GlobalPOV Is “Groundbreaking,” Reports UC Berkeley NewsCenter
    Apr 09

    #GlobalPOV Is “Groundbreaking,” Reports UC Berkeley NewsCenter

    Written by Tara Graham

    The UC Berkeley NewsCenter recently sat down and interviewed the #GlobalPOV team to discuss the theory behind the project, the production process, and the fact that Prof. Roy would have had an easier time writing and publishing a book already. (But then that would be boring, no?) The article describes the project as “a groundbreaking alternative to dominant forms of online education, a hot topic that’s on the minds...

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  • Mediating

    Mar 13

    Behind The Scenes: “Can We Shop To End Poverty?”

    Written by Tara Graham

    Prof. Roy micro-lectured into a micro-phone. I painstakingly cut some denim pockets with an X-ACTO knife. And Abby tried to brew tea in cold water. This vid resulted. The following is a behind-the-scenes look into the making of #GlobalPOV’s “Can We Shop To End Poverty?” video. The #GlobalPOV Project is a program of the Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) Minor. Based at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley, the GPP Minor...

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  • Mediating

    Mar 12

    The #GlobalPOV Project: Can We Shop To End Poverty?

    Written by Tara Graham

    The second video in The #GlobalPOV Project series is an exploration of ethical consumerism and fair trade interventions. SCRIPT EXCERPT: However tempting it may be to believe that we save lives, empower women and do good with our purchases, the impacts of our consumption on poverty cannot be reduced to mere product labels. Consumers need to understand the life histories of global commodities and advocate for changes in how...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    The Conflict Medium: Reporting/Constructing Conflict Around The World

    Written by Tara Graham

    The Conflict Medium is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Rashad Sisemore in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Today, when you turn on the television or open up a newspaper, you will most likely come across a news story relating to violence or conflict. In this era of globalization, we are increasingly interested with populations and...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    Poverty Pitch: Exploring The Intersection Of American Business & Poverty Action

    Written by Tara Graham

    Poverty Pitch is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Dominique Martinez in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Should I support Fair Trade coffee or buy a drink that sends a kid to school? #FirstWorldProblems A few years ago, the whole world was called to “Make Poverty History.” Suddenly, social development and poverty alleviation were no longer...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 21

    Musical Bark: Endangerment Of The Pernambuco Tree

    Written by Tara Graham

    Musical Bark is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Erica Smolin in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Pernambuco wood, which is native to the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Forest, has been extracted from its natural habitat for nearly 400 years. When the Europeans colonized Brazil in the early 16th century, they found what became...

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  • Student Work

    Righteous Eats: Regulating International Food Delicacies
    Dec 20

    Righteous Eats: Regulating International Food Delicacies

    Written by Tara Graham

    Righteous Eats is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Rachel Soeharto in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Food bans and regulations imply a certain criminal activity in acquiring an edible good. In some cases, this assumption is a fallacy, considering the multiple indices in which the food can be served in a “right” or ethical way....

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  • Mediating

    Blum Center News: #GlobalPOV Encourages Students To Become Public Scholars
    Dec 04

    Blum Center News: #GlobalPOV Encourages Students To Become Public Scholars

    Written by Tara Graham

    The #GlobalPOV Project’s in-class tweeting component was covered in the Fall 2012 edition of the Blum Center newsletter. In the article, writer Javier Kordi notes: Being a public medium, Twitter allows anyone to join the conversation, but also forces Berkeley students to think of themselves as public scholars— everything they post falls under the scrutiny of the global community. . . . Tara Graham, the architect of this project,...

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  • Mediating

    Nov 29

    Blast off! Launching The #GlobalPOV Project

    Written by Tara Graham

    Prof. Roy yacked on and on about Bono. Abby did some doodling. I shoved a camera in everyone’s face. This vid resulted. The following is a behind-the-scenes look into the making of The #GlobalPOV Project’s “Who Sees Poverty?” pilot video. The #GlobalPOV Project is a program of the Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) Minor. Based at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley, the...

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  • Mediating

    Nov 27

    The #GlobalPOV Project: Who Sees Poverty?

    Written by Tara Graham

    SCRIPT EXCERPT: Poverty exists. That it exists, that it persists, in the 21st century is an obscenity. We want to end this poverty. We want to make poverty history. But we have to ask ourselves: Who is the “we” who sees poverty? When we see poverty, what is that we see? And finally, how do we act upon these ways of seeing? Based on Prof. Ananya Roy’s popular Global...

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  • Mediating

    Daily Cal Talks Twitter In The Classroom
    Oct 16

    Daily Cal Talks Twitter In The Classroom

    Written by Tara Graham

    The Daily Californian, the student-run UC Berkeley paper of record, visited Prof. Ananya Roy’s “Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes In The New Millennium” class this week to explore our use of Twitter in a large lecture hall setting. “By projecting tweets pertaining to the class on a screen, professors are able to use teaching methods that allow large groups of students to interact with one another and the professor...

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  • Mediating

    #GlobalPOV: From Public University To Twitterverse
    Sep 27

    #GlobalPOV: From Public University To Twitterverse

    Written by Tara Graham

    The following was originally published via the #GlobalPOV Blog on the Blum Center for Developing Economies website. I co-authored the piece with Prof. Ananya Roy, Education Director of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor at the University of California, Berkeley. In it, we seek to explain the logic behind The #GlobalPOV Project’s Twitter integration and experimentation. By now, it’s common knowledge that Twitter and other forms of social media are...

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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Bursting The [Filter] Bubble: Tracking Algorithmic Filtration On The Internet

    Written by Tara Graham

    Bursting the Bubble is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Nupur Behera during the 2012 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: The term filter bubble was coined by Internet activist Eli Pariser and describes the way websites use algorithms to select what users might want to see based on browser history and data. Some say these personalized filters create invisible divides between web users and enclose people in...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    Fist Pump The World: Tracking The Global Spread of Electronic Dance Music

    Written by Tara Graham

    Fist Pump The World is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Kyle Meshna in my international reporting course during the 2011 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is overwhelmingly popular in western contemporary culture. The 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, a “massive” music festival, attracted nearly 200,000 attendants over a two-day period, according to the LA Times. So where did this music genre come...

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  • Student Work

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context
    Aug 31

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context

    Written by Tara Graham

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context is a website I produced to house all of the student work produced in a Middle Eastern Studies course I taught during the 2011 summer semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: This six-week Middle Eastern Studies course was principally concerned with the politics of the Middle East and the region’s changing position and portrayal in the world.  In an...

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  • Reporting

    OPINION: Military, Money & Motives In Egypt
    Feb 18

    OPINION: Military, Money & Motives In Egypt

    Written by Tara Graham

    The following was originally published via the Harvard University Press Blog. I co-authored the piece with Nezar AlSayyad, Professor of Architecture and Urban History, and Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “Egypt has passed through a critical period in her recent history characterized by bribery, mischief, and the absence of governmental stability . . . Accordingly, we have undertaken to clean ourselves up...

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  • Reporting

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad To Me: “Ask The People If I Am Their Dictator”
    Dec 21

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad To Me: “Ask The People If I Am Their Dictator”

    Written by Tara Graham

    In December 2010, days before a street vendor in Tunisia self-immolated and effectively set the Middle East region afire with a wave of popular uprisings, I had the opportunity to accompany an academic delegation to Bashar al-Assad’s presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. I was the only journalist in the delegation, so I was able to ask Assad a series of questions about his leadership style (does he consider himself a dictator?),...

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  • Reporting

    May 15

    Jonas Brothers Concert Stampede Footage Goes Viral, Major News Networks Cover The Story

    Written by Tara Graham

    The Jonas Brothers launched their 2010 world tour by giving a free concert at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 15, 2010. Over 25,000 adoring fans showed up and made a mad rush for the stage, trampling over each other and security barriers in the process. Chaos ensued, but no injuries were reported. I was there to capture the madness on my smartphone (see above). Nick and...

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  • Reporting

    News Statesman Mag: Sampling of Published Work
    Jul 23

    News Statesman Mag: Sampling of Published Work

    Written by Tara Graham

    While taking a University of Southern California foreign reporting class in London, England, during the summer of 2009, I had the opportunity to work as a web editor for the New Statesman magazine. The following is a sampling of the work produced during this time. I mostly reported U.S. political news stories for the website, but I also had the opportunity to contribute research assistance and book reviews to the print publication....

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  • Reporting

    Race In America: ’08 HuffPo Election Coverage Generates Online Debate
    Oct 14

    Race In America: ’08 HuffPo Election Coverage Generates Online Debate

    Written by Tara Graham

    I had the opportunity to report for The Huffington Post’s “Off-The-Bus” election coverage team while studying journalism on an Annenberg Graduate Fellowship at the University of Southern California. The following story highlights excerpts from my interview with L.A. radio host Joe Hicks, a conservative who said he intended to vote for then-presidential candidate John McCain. The story was one of the most popular on the HuffPo site at the time...

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  • So Tweet Me Maybe?

    Sep 12

    So Tweet Me Maybe?

    Written by Tara Graham

    Tweets by @LilMissWordy

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About

The Narrative #Selfie

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Lose the shirt off my back? Nah.

When life got dicey, I opened my closet doors, bypassed the blouses, and earned a (modest) payday by selling used hangers in 25-pack bundles.

More recently, I put my hustle into play at 500 Startups, the world’s most active venture capital fund and startup accelerator, where I led content, branding, marketing, operations, and corporate partnerships for business development and global programs.

Before transitioning into tech, I worked in higher education, teaching online research and media production classes across a variety of disciplines at the University of California, Berkeley. During that time, I also worked as the Director and Executive Producer of Digital Media Projects at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, where I co-founded and led The #GlobalPOV Project, a mixed-media approach to thinking about poverty, inequality, and undertaking poverty action.

In addition, I was the Director of Media at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where I had the opportunity to interview Bashar al-Assad in his presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, in late December of 2010. I asked Assad if he considered himself a dictator. He dodged the inquiry, but his actions in the immediate weeks, months, and years to follow answered the question . . . and then some. Sadly.

Before that, I was a practicing journalist and graduate fellow at the University of Southern California. During that time, I worked as a web reporter and photographer for KCET’s “SoCal Connected,”​ as an online editor for the London-based New Statesman magazine, and as the co-editor-in-chief of USC Annenberg’s award-winning digital news website. I got my start in journalism as a full-time associate editor (and employee #20!) at P✪PSUGAR, a Sequoia-backed content and commerce startup turned global media empire.

My freelance reporting has been featured in NBC, CBS, and ABC news broadcasts and in online publications, including The Huffington Post. I have also done manuscript editing for various authors with recognized commercial and university presses.

You can find me tap dancing in the dark corners of my imagination to a sold-out audience of — none. Like most everything else, it’s all for fun.

Let’s connect! Join me on Twitter or Instagram or LinkedIn.

Self-Assessment:

#Hashtagging While Talking
Upholding The Distinction Between To & Too
Tap Dancing Down Store Aisles
Exemplifying
Inverting Pyramids