Jeffrey A. Warner

jeffrey warner, humanitarian photographer, civic journalist

I am at the foundation a civic journalist — writer, documentary photographer, and filmmaker.

Applying formal education in communication, sociology and psychology (currently working toward a Masters Degree in Taiwan), I harness skills (and field experience) including photography and video production, graphic layout design, writing (various genres), editing, interviewing, interpersonal communication, social media, and media project consultation.

My focused skills are in social environment analysis, media messages (print and visual), and interview conversations. I use these tools to work with people, with the goal of crafting holistic messages that create and cultivate social capital.

I have for nearly one decade been filling various roles in social research and media. I have on four world continents and amidst varying cultural contexts worked across multiple sectors including those of private companies as well as government and non-governmental organizations. 

This experience, as an employee and as a freelancer, has involved working in television news (in-studio production, as well as field work: video, on-location live shots, and editing), newspapers (as a reporter: print writer/photographer), and magazines (as a photographer/writer/editor). I have experience working in social services, as well as with teaching. 

My written and photographic work has been published or exhibited in the United States, in SE-Asia at various venues and academic conferences, and online for entities such as the Royal Photographic Society and the United Nations.

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I channel others’ “voices,” particularly those of people living in marginalized communities. This is context for holistically revealing and reflecting upon the importance of our varying ‘traditional’ cultures and the intrinsic value of our heritages, particularly those of ethnic indigenous communities.

As a context for addressing the societal impacts of economic development, I document ethnically traditional ways of life in the ‘developing’ world, primarily those of indigenous ethnic communities.

While I do have six months of living and working experience in Sarajevo, Bosnia (2007; 2009), I have since 2010 been living in northern Thailand. There I have been focusing my work chiefly on learning about the societal impacts of economic development processes. 

As an environmental context, I have had the privilege of learning accordingly from some of the Thai region’s marginalized peoples, primarily northern Thailand’s indigenous, ethnic “hill tribe,” communities. I also have worked with Burmese migrants on the Thai-Burma border. I have created two books about this. 

I also have experience in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar, currently in Taiwan, where I have been broadening understanding.

Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development 
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Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development 
will take you somewhere rarely seen by the public eye, into the mountains of northern Thailand. There, communities of indigenous peoples have for generations been living fairly traditional lives even in the wake of an encroaching modern world culture. However, their traditional cultures are literally vanishing as modernity is shifting centuries of learning and indigenous knowledge aside.

We, step-by-step, learn about some of the effects that modern economic development has had on these communities, and we hear what some of these villagers have to say about this. We explore what this may mean for all of us humans.

To better understand northern Thailand’s indigenous peoples and their overall situation, this book entails the seamlessly paired integration of documentary-style photography, prose, and in-depth interviews — “voices” of villagers 14-84 years old, from three different ethnicities, and from villages existing at different points on a development continuum. They open up the doors of their homes and help us understand.

Indigenous Voices is not merely a book of photography; this is also a textbook for those who are interested in gaining foundational understandings into the societal effects of globalization. This thesis is engineered as a part-by-part experiential learning model. Each included community is undergoing a particular stage in the development continuum, and each part of this book will bring you to a new level of understanding into development related issues.

In addition to providing the general public with a window into the seldom seen world of mountain village life, this culture preservation project additionally explores economic development related effects on human society overall and how environment related changes alter relationships among ourselves and our natural environment. 

Are you ready for this journey?

* Click here and watch a synopsis video of this project. *

Dignity Amidst the Rubbish: Hour-by-Hour With a Burmese Migrant Community in Thailand
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Dignity Amidst the Rubbish: Hour-by-Hour With a Burmese Migrant Community in Thailand is a 132-page photo book that takes a close look into the daily lives of a refugee community from Burma living on a rubbish dump on the outskirts of Mae Sot, Thailand, near the Burma border.

Photographs, prose, and the translated voices of this community provide an hour-by-hour glimpse into the situations of these individuals and their families. There is a section included intended as a funding mechanism to support the community included in the book.

This work focuses not on the deplorable conditions in which they live, but is rather a reflection on this community’s cohesion amid an environment of poverty and strife. Dignity Amidst the Rubbish, at its core, likewise addresses global issues related to the larger condition of humankind at this moment in time and in relation to modern economic development and the global market system.

Digital Mixes; Chiang Mai, Thailand  (January 2013 – January 2014)
EDITORIAL AND EDITING PARTNER                                                                   

Provided editorial support for complex video projects, location sound and video capture, and studio editing

Chiang Mai Times; Chiang Mai, Thailand  (January 2013 – August 2013)
DEPUTY EDITOR

  • Oversee (edit) English language material, provide articles, photographs and editorial concepts

Encounter Thailand magazine; Chiang Mai, Thailand (June 2012 – October 2012)
MANAGING EDITOR

  • Oversee production process of a nationally (Thailand) distributed, English language publication addressing topical issues, business, art & culture and lifestyle
  • Conduct editorial meetings; formulate monthly content themes; manage in-house staff as well as screen, recruit and manage freelance contributors; team build, edit articles and ensure quality of editorial content while maintaining production timelines and managing resources
  • Conduct interviews, write articles and provide photographs
  • Develop public relations and marketing strategies, while publicly representing the magazine
  • Contributed to, and can illustrate, a marked improvement in-terms of the magazine’s overall quality

* Letter of Recommendation

SP Publishing; Chiang Mai, Thailand (February 2011- May 2012)
REPORTING EDITOR

  • Created written material for three magazines, each respectively addressing aspects of travel, culture and lifestyle
  • Edited/rewrote Thai-English language translations
  • Provided ideas toward public relations strategies, as well as media consulting services and advertising material
  • Adapted and functioned in a primarily non-English speaking work environment
  • Guided young, Thai adults (college interns and employees) in transitioning from the classroom to using and enhancing their skills in a professional work environment

* Writing Portfolio Samples ; Marketing Material Samples (advertorials)

Providence Education Group; Chiang Mai, Thailand (March 2010 – February 2011 (intermittent); January – April 2012)
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS)                     

  • Facilitated and tutored Thai professional adults in various facets of English language reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar and Western culture etiquette
  • Created marketing materials, and served as an English speaking company representative                                                     

The Prince Royal’s College; Chiang Mai, Thailand  (May 2010 – February 2011)
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

  • Taught facets of English grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing skills to Thai upper elementary students and teachers at a private, top-10 rated Thai school catering to 6,200 students per school year
  • Managed 14 classes spanning two grade levels with an average of 40 students per class, coupled with Thai teacher English language instruction, a journalism club and language camps
  • Compassionately implemented a holistic and student-centered teaching approach within a competitive, institutional learning environment
  • Effectively functioned amid a multi-cultural, largely non-English speaking work environment by utilizing technology as well as existing, and constructing new, communication channels

* Letter of Recommendation                                  

Hibbing Daily Tribune; Hibbing, Minnesota; U.S.A.  (November 2007- May 2009)
NEWSPAPER JOURNALIST

  • As part of a production team, performed daily news beat journalism – covering various topic beats, while multi-tasking reporting, writing, copy editing, photography, page design and layout as well as updating web site
  • Utilized effective networking and interviewing skills, earning credibility with contacts and the overall community
  • Analyzed and extrapolated complex data from public and private documents and meetings, while using this information for creating informative, public media designed for serving the community
  • Proven ability to approach and manage sensitive issues in an unbiased, non-threatening manner
  • Earned the First Place Award for the 2009 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Social Issues” reporting category

* Letters of Recommendation ; Writing Samples (topic beat cross-section)

Thralow, Netshops; Duluth, Minnesota; U.S.A. (November 2005-February 2007)
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER/ONLINE MARKETING

  • Produced visual material for products’ websites, catalogs and promotional mailings; write marketing content
  • Developed an efficient image file organization system proven proven to increase profits
  • Creatively adapted to a department budget – efficiently utilizing available resources
  • Organized photography shoots, including staff and products
  • Effectively used Photoshop software
  • Trained new and existing staff

* Porfolio Samples

WDIO-TV; Duluth. Minnesota; U.S.A. (August 2004-November 2005)
VIDEOGRAPHER                                

  • Conducted interviews and provided digitally edited video for newscasts and special events programming
  • Effectively networked and adapted in the community – often attaining access to information and video footage unattained by competing media organizations
  • Worked well in a team environment while under deadline pressure

WDIO-TV; Duluth. Minnesota; U.S.A. (August 1998-May 1999)
NEWS PRODUCTION

  • Partnered with members of a production team and either production directed, technical directed, audio engineered, floor directed, operated floor cameras, or teleprompted for newscasts and special events programming
  • Quickly and naturally gained technical and aesthetic understanding of the news production process
  • Community Based Tourism Enhancement (December 2012-February 2013): This tourism project involved four provinces in upper north Thailand and was designed to improve the quality of tourism products and enhance the livelihood of tourism communities. I was a volunteer tourist throughout program pilot, assigned to write about my experiences throughout the four-part tour in order to assess the overall quality of the tour program.
  • Consultant and Researcher: Brand Research and Development Tourism Value Adding Project; March – July 2014; Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University: I assisted Thai colleagues with designing and translating from Thai to English language a qualitative research questionnaire that we used to collect information from Chiang Mai tourists from all over the world. I collected 250 of these questionnaires in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Media Creation and Conflict Mediation Research (August – October 2013): This tourism development project involved two communities near Sukhothai, Thailand. It was designed to facilitate these communities with building tourism management capacity and teamwork. I worked on visual media (video production), interviewed the organization stakeholders who were involved in this project, and shared ideas for conflict mediation among the communities.
  • Public Relations for Chiang Mai Provincial Governor  (May 2013): I wrote various versions of the article,“Bridging Cultural Gaps with Communication,” after interviewing the Chiang Mai Provincial Governor. Our goal was to promote an Asean Economic Community (AEC) project that aimed to increase English language proficiency for human resources in core businesses of four Thai provinces, especially in the tourism sectors, logistics, and for journalists. This was to make them have more readiness for AEC, make them acknowledge more understanding about AEC context, and have more understanding of different cultures in Association of SE-Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

*Letter of Recommendation

  • As part of a United Nations UN) International Trade Center (ITC) community based (inclusive) tourism project in Kayah, Myanmar, my tasks during this project involved media documentation as well helping the team create Program training videos. … Community based tourism (CBT) essentially involves tourists spending time in rural ethnic indigenous villages — learning about and experiencing the culture, such as their food, arts and crafts, music, overall lifestyle, etc. … CBT is also a way for villagers to use their cultural capital to earn financial income while also padding the effects of State-led economic development related phenomena. (March 2017). … Here is a draft sampling of one of the training videos.
  • “Where the Rivers Meet: Our Future Community Leaders Program” facilitator and co-facilitator. For a non-government organization called, “Weaving Bonds Across Borders.” I facilitated an English language discussion group workshop comprised of younger folks (traditional grad school age) from five Mekong region countries (i.e. Myanmar, Laos, Tibet, Thailand, and Vietnam). We discussed, using communication skills to frame and look at issues critically and cooperatively, everything from civil rights to water governance to food security to intercultural communication and peace building. This is in relation to development related issues that are effecting their communities, such as dam projects that are destroying their communities’ livelihoods. As part of a regional training, I also facilitated a workshop on community advocacy skills and strategies (Chiang Mai, Thailand; November 2016).
  • Obama Press Pool: An Insider’s Glimpse: During the 2015-2016 Holiday season, I as a stringer for Reuters, partnered with White House media correspondents from the nation’s top media/news agencies. Our purpose was to document generally what President Obama (and family) did during his Hawaii Holiday vacation and be there in the unlikely case that something serious happened. – See more at The Royal Photographic Society (Honolulu, Hawaii; January 2016).
  • Template for the “De” of Development: A Case Study for Humankind: The purpose of this case study is to illustrate actual changes that have taken place throughout one village area over the past 135 years. This is in relation to how government policies, global market influences, and infrastructural development have had an impact on the communities’ natural environment, socioeconomic conditions, and psychosocial functioning.This essay, while taking a critical stance on modern development, uses cross-section data analysis from previous studies, observations, and in-depth interviews of key persons for focusing on the prefix “de” of development, denoting, removal or reversal. Overall, what is development taking away from culturally traditional ways of life in exchange for more modern (versus traditional) ways of life? What are the replacements as well as the short and potential long-term impacts? Also, what is being gained?
  • Independent social research project (Sarajevo, Bosnia): “Sarajevo Evolution: A Tribute to Survival” (2007-2009)
  • Public Relations Consultant for Chiang Mai Montessori School; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Media consultant and content writer: International Massage Training School (ITM); Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Article writer and photographer for Compassion International (October/November 2012)
  • Stage manager and committee member for the first Tedx speaking event  in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2011)
  • The Best Friend Library (Chiang Mai and Mae Sot, Thailand): Provide visual media material for education toward human rights issues in Burma: April 2010-Present
  • Range Artists Association (photography instructor; and featured artist): April 2009
  • Narko Ne (copy edit Web site language translation for organization in Sarajevo, Bosnia): Dec. 2008
  • St. Cloud Times (sports photography stringer): July 2008
  • New York Post (news stringer): May 2008
  • Hibbing Community College (commercial imagery for program brochures): December 2006
  • Hillside Community Church (advertising and marketing media): August 2005
  • Habitat for Humanity (homestead cleanup and painting in Corbin, Kentucky): Spring 2004

Bread of St. Anthony; Sarajevo, Bosnia (February-July 2007 and June 2009)
WAR RELIEF AID 
Muslim Woman Praying

  • Delivered humanitarian relief services daily to residents throughout Sarajevo’s war-torn communities.
  • Effectively adapted to an unfamiliar, war-torn and non-native English speaking culture
  • Attained compassionate and in-depth journalistic understanding of the short and long term socioeconomic effects of armed conflict and its related strife, as well as how some people adapt to these circumstances
  • Advised editorially Bosnian college students regarding the monthly printing of “Preventeen” magazine, designed for post-war youth at risk of being involved in crime and drug abuse

Northwoods Children’s Services; Duluth, Minnesota; U.S.A. (November 2005 – May 2006)
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT COUNSELOR                                                                                

  • Counseled youths from troubled upbringings who were most often court ordered to stay at a 24-hour residential treatment setting designed toward cognitive reconditioning and establishment of social skills
  • Adapted to setting changes, including executing progressive discipline measures (i.e. physical restraint)
  • Partnered effectively with all treatment teams and other professional staff, including psychologists
  • Developed strategies to best work with children, within the parameters of their treatment schedule
  • Strove to maintain a holistic counseling approach in a highly regulated institutional system

Men as Peacemakers; Duluth, Minnesota; U.S.A. (September 2003-May 2004)
CHILD MENTOR

  • Worked directly with inner-city children via interpersonal activities such as sports and homework help

Camp Miller; Duluth, Minnesota; U.S.A. (June-September/December 2003)
CAMP COUNSELOR (senior counselor)

  • Led adolescent boys amid a cabin setting, as well as participated in overall camp activities
  • Emphasized character development, sense of responsibility and life education

JEFF’S JOURNALISM HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS

  • The Dignity Amidst the Rubbish Project: The art and heart of this project is that it’s rooted in collaboration, using my photo book, Dignity Amidst the Rubbish: Hour-by-Hour With a Burmese Migrant Community in Thailand, for cultivating humanitarian support, addressing global issues, while also taking a moment to observe and reflect upon the beauty of life. A key component of this project is that it combines three independent elements of funding mechanism (i.e. the Dignity book), nonprofit organization, and our global community in order to cultivate geometry of connection — a triangle of support — that can be used for offsetting some of the world’s injustices.
  • Global Village Hands Culture Preservation Project: The premise of this project is to use my book, Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development to channel humanitarian support to small and poor villages in SE-Asia, preferably to those trying to live more traditional lives but may be having challenges to do so for various reasons. We likewise wish to assist them with countering the socioeconomic effects that modern development (i.e. the global market system) continues having on their communities, which is creating a myriad of socioeconomic problems that are essentially dissolving the traditional cultures of these communities.

PUBLIC LECTURE PRESENTATIONS

  • Speech (informal keynote) and debut presentation of “Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development” book material for the Urban Research Plaza’s 13th Urban Culture Forum‘s “Partnership for Change – Finding Creative Solutions to Urban Challenges” conference; Chulalongkorn University; Bangkok, Thailand; March 2-3, 2015. Click here for a photograph and transcript of my presentation introduction.
  • Presentation of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish photo book and Jeff’s Journalism projects overall to Rotary International (Minnesota U.S.A.): two events for Grand Rapids clubs, one for the Virginia club, and one event to the Hibbing club (September 2014)
  • Presentation of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish photo book and Jeff’s Journalism projects overall to Kiwanis International clubs (Minnesota, U.S.A.): one event to the Chisholm club and one in Hibbing, (October 2014)
  • “Helping Hands Radio Show” guest, introducing my book, Indigenous Voices, and discussing matters of modern development (July 2013)

COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE PRESENTATIONS

BOOK LAUNCH EVENTS (Chiang Mai, Thailand; April 2014)

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS

  • Photographs published by the United Nations International Trade Centre (ITC). These photographs are from Myanmar, where I was there documenting and creating a video project for ITC’s community based inclusive tourism project.
  • Online exhibition of my “Obama Press Pool: An Insider’s Glimpse” by the United Kingdom’s Royal Photographic Society. During the 2015-2016 Holiday season, I as a stringer for Reuters partnered with White House media correspondents from the nation’s top media/news agencies. Our purpose was to document generally what President Obama (and family) did during his Hawaii Holiday vacation and be there in the unlikely case that something serious happened.
  • Exhibition of Indigenous Voices material at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. This United Nations’ event, hosted by the State of Hawaiʻi with the support of the U.S. Department of State, happens every four years and “brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.” This exhibition was sponsored by the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT). (Honolulu, Hawaii; September 1-16, 2016)
  • Exhibition of Indigenous Voices material at the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This exhibition was sponsored by the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT). (Chiang Mai, Thailand; August 9, 2016)
  • Dual photography exhibitions (i.e. Dignity Amidst the Rubbish and Indigenous Voices book material) at the Urban Research Plaza’s 13th Urban Culture Forum‘s “Partnership for Change – Finding Creative Solutions to Urban Challenges” conference; Chulalongkorn University; Bangkok, Thailand; March 2-3, 2015. Click here to view the exhibitions.
  • Exhibition of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish at the Main Library of Chiang Mai University Chiang Mai, Thailand (October 2012)
  • Exhibition of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish at Pong Noi Art Space in Chiang Mai, Thailand (January 2013)
  • Exhibition of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish at the 23rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies —‘Returning Dignity’— in Chiang Mai, Thailand (March 2014)
  • Exhibition of Dignity Amidst the Rubbish, organized by Chiang Mai University’s Center for Ethnic Studies and Development, at the International Conference on International Relations and Development. An initiative of this conference was to take a critical stance on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) — namely, their socioeconomic affects on the peoples of Southeast Asia. (Chiang Mai, Thailand; July 2012)
  • Exhibition of my photography work from Sarajevo, Bosnia: “Sarajevo Evolution: A Tribute to Survival” (exhibit organized by the Range Artists Association; Minnesota, USA; April – June 2009)
jeffrey warner
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: University of Wisconsin; Superior, Wisconsin; August 2005

Mass Communications and Social Psychology (double major)
* University Dean’s Letter of Recommendation

  • Studied aspects of public relations; interpersonal, group and intercultural communication; news gathering and reporting; television and radio production; mass media theory and law; English literature; creative and technical writing, as well as various aspects of advanced psychology (including cognitive therapy) and sociology

Academic Awards and also Extra-Curricular Campus Participation:

  • Graduated Cum Laude (3.5 cumulative GPA) from the University of Wisconsin — Superior
  • A Cappella Choir: 2003-2005 academic years (performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University newspaper: staff writer, fall semester of 2003; copy editor, spring semester of 2005
  • University Student Senate: Senator for the Communicating Arts Department: 2003- 2004
  • A Cappella Choir: 2003-2005 academic years (performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University newspaper: staff writer, fall semester of 2003; copy editor, spring semester of 2005

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS: June 2002
Lake Superior College; Duluth, Minn.

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TEFL): March 2010
Chiang Mai University Language Institute; Chiang Mai, Thailand
* Lead Instructor’s Letter of Recommendation

FELLOWSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • East-West Center Degree Fellow (August 2015 – January 2016)
  • East-West Center Alumni Scholars Award
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning Departmental Merit Award
  • East-West Center Paul S. Honda Fellowship Award (for my engagement in international affairs)
jeffrey warner, humanitarian photographer, photographer thailand, asia journalist, photo journalistJeffrey Warner is a civic photojournalist, communications consultant, societal analyst, storyteller, and documentarian. 

The core of Jeffrey’s work focuses on addressing the societal impacts of economic development. … I do this in context with holistically revealing and reflecting upon the importance of our varying ‘traditional’ cultures and the intrinsic value of our heritages, particularly those of ethnic indigenous communities.

Jeffrey supports the notion that civic media is perhaps the most powerful human-made force on Planet Earth. He believes that media likewise becomes most useful when used for creating social capital via going beyond just reporting on events, but rather delving into pertinent issues by empathetically including everyone in the communication process. This can and will ultimately bring benefit to a global society via empowering people through humanitarian means.

Jeffrey strives toward subjecting himself to cultural environments foreign to those in which he was born, in an attempt to better understand the human condition. His work is propelled by an underlying conviction to locate the heart of human experience. This includes, but is not limited to, seeking the inner voice of people who are ensnared in the extremes of war, poverty, disease, displacement, and social injustice, while providing a window of opportunity for others to peer into their world.

He has a formal education in mass communications, sociology, and psychology, with professional backgrounds in social services and television news production, as well as newspaper and magazine print media.

Following a spirit-led life vision, Jeffrey received his first taste of international journalism while living and volunteering in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Gaining insight into the long-term, socioeconomic effects of armed conflict greatly expanded his worldview.

Beyond embarking on additional world travels, including living in Italy, Jeffrey has since 2010 resided in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he has primarily worked as a writer, photographer, and editor for local publications. He began his freelance career in October 2012.

Jeffrey has taken particular interest in how globalization and related modern development are affecting the lives and traditions of indigenous peoples, whose knowledge he believes remains perhaps the representative core of what it truly means to be human. Beyond realizing the madness correlated with an growing, worldwide consumer culture, Jeffrey derives hope from a deep belief that people are inherently good, and that the world does function on light, which is what he aims to illustrate with his work.

Additional biography information: Becoming a Global Citizen: A Journey of World Environment