Journalist Maggie Padlewska hits the road—and the river, the rainforest and the village—to pursue under-reported stories in the farthest places. Why? Because few venture out to explore what’s really happening. In the process, Padlewska has carved out a niche and a purpose, rolled into the banner One Year One World. A glimpse at the project plan
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Maggie Padlewska, MJ/08, has been developing the concept for the One Year One World project for the past two years. OYOW is an online video series that focuses on under-reported regions of the world. Padlewska, a former CTV reporter and CBC producer, plans to visit 52 countries—one a week—in 2012 and 2013.
She wants to provide the people of lesser-known places with the chance to share their stories. “It’s an endeavour to document threatened communities, cultures, traditions and languages,” she says.
Padlewska will shoot, edit and produce the stories in the field and will upload them to the internet as the journey unfolds.
A pilot, called Survival in the “Modern” World: The Compromise, was produced in Panama in November 2011 and can be seen on YouTube and at oneyearoneworld.com. She plans to resume the project in Central America next year.
The concept for One Year One World came to Padlewska many years ago and was inspired in part by her mother, Polish documentary filmmaker Aleksandra Padlewska. Maggie remembers, as a little girl, watching her mother work. The room was plastered with handwritten notes taped to the wall, and Maggie liked observing how the story came together.
As she pursued her education—a broadcasting diploma followed by an undergraduate degree in international affairs and her master’s of journalism from Carleton—Maggie began thinking about the concept for One Year One World.
For the past three years, she has been reaching out to international organizations around the world to find out what issues could be highlighted, doing background research and developing her travel itinerary.
“I realized that my combination of skills could serve a much greater purpose, to help fill a void in global communications.”