About the Journey

A Walk Through Time

Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden world walk is an exercise in slow journalism. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is engaging with the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by walking alongside the people who inhabit them every day. As he traverses the globe from Africa to South America, he is revealing the texture of the lives of people he encounters: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who never make the news.

National Geographic is publishing Paul’s dispatches in the form of words, photos, and sometimes audio or video. At least once a year, a full-length feature story relating to the walk will appear in National Geographic magazine.

When his seven-year journey ends, Paul will have created a global mosaic of stories, faces, sounds, and landscapes highlighting the pathways that connect us to each other—a unique archive of our shared humanity at the start of a new millennium.

Photograph by Paul Salopek

The Laboratory
A storytelling laboratory, funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will experiment with new mapping tools that enhance long-form online journalism.One of the centerpieces will be a series of narrative readings that Salopek will collect at hundred-mile intervals as he moves across the world. These audio and video samples will create a picture of modern life on Earth along the pathways of ancient migrations. This rich trove of “slow journalism” will provide a unique learning experience for schoolchildren across cultures.

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Ultimate Assignment
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Paul Salopek was born in California and raised in Mexico. As a foreign correspondent, he has worked in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. His reporting has won most of the national journalism awards in the United States, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the first for Explanatory Reporting for two articles on The Human Genome Diversity Project and the second for International Reporting for his work covering Africa. Salopek holds a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Media coverage of the Out of Eden Walk includes:
The Huffington Post
Canadian Broadcasting Company
PBS NewsHour
Chicago Tribune

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