My reporting could not have been done without him.
At Round Earth, our teams of early career and in-country journalists report side-by-side in equal partnership. We share in everything we do — from awards to story credits.
This is fair.
We also think it’s the best way to produce journalism of excellence from outside the United States.
I’m reminded of a piece I read recently in preparation for my trip to South Africa to establish our new program and partnerships there.
“The white gaze [sometimes defined as looking at the world through white eyes unaware of racism] is gradually dying out with more African journalists getting the opportunity to tell their own stories,” writes Hassan Ghedi Santur, a Somali-Canadian currently studying at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
My dream — and most earnest intent – is to work together in equal partnership, mentoring and supporting our teams of young reporters to produce journalism of excellence for audiences in the U.S and in the countries where those important stories are taking place.
I leave you with Sydney Schanberg.
“I’m a very lucky man to have had Pran as my reporting partner and even luckier that we came to call each other brother. His mission with me in Cambodia was to tell the world what suffering his people were going through in a war that was never necessary. It became my mission too. My reporting could not have been done without him.”