The Backstory: Nick Turse

South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world, and one that was midwifed by the United States, has experienced a wave of ethnic cleansing that has gone nearly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Over a period of six weeks, Investigative Fund reporter Nick Turse interviewed more than 250 refugees on the ground in South Sudan and northern Uganda. In “Ghost Nation,” published in the July issue of Harper’s Magazine, Turse documents the ongoing conflict between South Sudanese government forces and rebels. Through his reporting, Turse was able to pinpoint the locations of specific villages where atrocities were carried out.

The Backstory: Kiera Feldman

Kiera Feldman talks about immersion journalism, how she decided join a Birthright trip to Israel, what it was like to watch Birthrighters “check their liberalism at Zionism’s door,” and the responses to her piece from the Jewish media.

The Backstory: Aram Roston

Veteran investigative reporter Aram Roston shares his experiences embedding with the military, explains when it’s best to remain unembedded, and offers advice to anyone reporting from a conflict zone for the first time.