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Why do they do it?

May 7, 2016

Why do they do it?

I get this question a lot, once again last week after my speech on the challenges facing international journalists.

What compels a journalist to risk his or her life simply to file a story?

Reuters / Thursday, March 17, 2011 Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (R- in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far L), Getty Images photographer John Moore (2nd L), freelance photographer Holly Pickett (3rdL) and freelancer Philip Poupin (4th L) run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Conroy

Some answers to those questions can be found in an unflinching podcast produced by the BBC. In Islamic State’s Most Wanted, reporter Chloe Hadjimatheou tells the astonishing story of a group of young men from Raqqa, Syria who became citizen journalists, using the internet to show the reality of life under the so-called “Islamic State.” They have risked everything to oppose ISIS; several have been killed, or had family members murdered. Yet, they continue.

Click on the photo above for the story of these young journalists (warning — this broadcast contains disturbing information).

And in the radio documentary, Diary of a Bad Year, Kelly McEvers, a former NPR Middle East correspondent and now a host of All Things Considered, considers what she calls “a war correspondent’s dilemma.”
Kelly’s collaborator, Jay Allison, explained: Colleagues and friends were being kidnapped. Some were getting killed. But still, she went toward the story. Kelly began to wonder, “Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives when they don’t have to?a1ef329c-5bfe-4b2a-88fb-6539cdb722af


Click on the photo above for Kelly’s riveting — and honest — examination of that question.

Warmest regards,

Mary Stucky
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