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Donald Borenstein

Writer/Filmmaker

Brooklyn, NY

Donald Borenstein

Filmmaker, Writer, Journalist. Experienced in documentary work, environmental journalism, copywriting/editing, and being terminally online.

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A style guide for writing about the rich

An opinion piece on the tone and nature of tech coverage, specifically re: Space-X and Tesla. Featured by Medium on its front page in February 2018.
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MEANS TV- Stop & Shop on Strike

Produced this segment as a solo camera operator & editor, driving around New England for a week to 20+ Stop & Shop locations. Viewed widely and shared by the AFL-CIO and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Currently in production on full-length documentary.
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The best home theater system to build for under $100

There’s something subtly distracting about watching a television screen — the clearly defined borders, the harsh backlighting blaring right into your eyes, and the nagging feeling that it’s just a compromise. If you do get a large TV, it becomes the centerpiece of the room, whether you like it or not.
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Bouncing Forward: Why “Resilience” Is Important and Needs a Definition

As policymakers respond to the threat of climate and environmental change, the concept of resilience has found itself at the center of discussion. Few scientists and policymakers, however, can come to a consensus on how to define, evaluate, and build resilience. The concept is sometimes defined as “the ability to bounce back.”. Featured on the front page of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars website.
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Challenging Patriarchy: The Changing Definition of Women’s Empowerment

Recently named the 6th best post in the history of New Security Beat, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/09/20-20-celebrating-decades-tracking-environment-population-security/ Baldwin applauded Basu’s message about expanding the traditional approach to empowerment, urging organizations to “unpack the concepts” behind their goals to determine what they define as successful empowerment. The idea of women’s empowerment is not clearly defined. For example, organizations should ask themselves when they start employment initiatives whether they are addressing working in the house or out of the house, in the formal sector or the informal sector, Baldwin said. “What is it about having that job or that income that makes a difference when [women] come home?” For organizations making these decisions, “it would be extra helpful to actually understand how these concepts knit together so that you would have half a chance that pushing on this part of the concept is actually going to give you the effect at the other end that you want,” she said.
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I'm Actually Laughing: Chapo Trap House, Election Night 2016

We follow the leftist comedy podcast Chapo Trap House for one very long night, as everyone's plans suddenly change. Starring Matt Christman, Will Menaker, Felix Biederman, Virgil Texas, Brendan James, Shuja Haider, and James Adomian. Cinematography by Alex Megaro, Matt Honor, & Donald Borenstein. Chapo Trap House's live election night show Directed by Brendan James.
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Unplug the smart way for just $100: Best tech for a day in the sun

It’s almost spring, and the misery of winter is allegedly about to fade. After months squirreled away by the heater to avoid the elements, you’re hesitantly ready to go outside. We tend to think of technology and outdoor recreation as separate spheres, save for the occasional FitBit, but there are plenty of ways you can get yourself out in the fresh air.
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Dark Forests: Interview With Bopha Phorn on Investigating Land Deals, Logging, Gender Issues in Cambodia

Cambodia is a young democracy in transition. It has the highest rate of urbanization in Southeast Asia, but the lowest percentage of current urban dwellers and widespread poverty. The Mekong River, on which millions of rural Cambodians rely, is being dammed at a rapid pace, both upstream, beyond the country’s borders and within. Aided by weak land laws, both foreign and domestic industrial forces have staked claim to large swaths of the country for logging and rubber plantations, displacing thousands. Bopha Phorn, editor-at-large for The Cambodia Daily, the country’s largest English-language newspaper, has amassed an impressive record of investigative coverage on logging, government land deals, dam construction, and gender issues, but not without considerable personal risk. She was recently in Washington, DC, to be honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation for courage in journalism, due in part to an investigation into illegal logging during which one of her companions was killed by military police. Phorn has continued her investigative efforts in spite of increased government pressure. While she was in DC, we had a chance to talk to her about covering environmental corruption in Cambodia and the future of journalism in the burgeoning nation.
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Exxon Mobil, Largest Oil Company in U.S., Isn’t a Fan of Fossil Fuel Divestment

Between the UN Climate Summit, the People’s Climate March, the news that this past September was the hottest on record, LEGO severing ties with Shell, record-setting lawsuits against BP, and increasingly firm stances on climate change by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, it’s never been harder to work in PR for a petroleum company.
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MetalWars 3 Review

Metal Wars 3 is not content with generic ineptitude. This game outright bullies its players into making in-app purchases by slowing the upgrade system down to a crawl, while ramping up the difficulty of its monotonous gameplay at a highly disproportionate rate. When I think about the time I spent grinding through this game to completion without giving in to Goorusoft’s extortion racket, I lament my quickly fading youth, and the wasted hours spent trying to simply play this game that I theoretically already owned.
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8 gadgets to make your morning smarter, all for under $100

There are self-driving cars; you can video call someone across the world in an instant; and no matter who you are or where you come from, you too can log on to one of many websites to yell at celebrities and global political leaders with impunity. Yet in spite of this, waking up every day remains a chore.
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10 Ways to fix Twitter

Twitter is going off the rails and I propose a couple super serious fixes.

About

Donald Borenstein

Please feel free to contact me at donaldlborenstein@gmail.com at any time.

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Skills

  • Critical Review
  • Interviewing
  • Research
  • AP Stylebook
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Photography
  • WordPress Platform
  • HTML
  • Videography
  • policy analysis
  • environmental policy
  • environmental journalism
  • Audio Editing