Sulome Anderson is one of the most impressive young journalists of our time. The daughter of Terry Anderson, the former AP Middle East bureau chief who was kidnapped by Hezbollah militants in 1985 and held hostage in Lebanon for nearly seven years, Anderson has made a career of freelance reporting from hostile territory among hostile people. — Columbia Journalism Review
I wrote about Sulome not long ago, as yet another extraordinarily good freelancer, struggling to survive. Now she’s called it quits.
More than seven years ago, when Round Earth began working in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad on a program in Morocco, journalism as a profession seemed to be in such crisis that many wondered if there would be a next generation of international journalists. I’m less fearful of that these days.
Trey Strange is a case in point. He had never been out of the United States when he came to Morocco for our program. That didn’t deter Trey. I honestly don’t know when I’ve had a student who was more enthusiastic,
Some years ago, the Poynter Institute asked journalists to send photos of their favorite quotes posted in newsrooms across the country. I keep going back to this piece for inspiration (click on the image above for the entire list). While the digital revolution has brought many technological changes, the essential importance of a free press remains the same. From the Prince George Citizen in British Columbia:
I’ll leave you with Supreme Court Justices Black and Douglas concurring in New York Times v United States (the so-called Pentagon Papers case).
Perhaps you’ve seen or heard it — the New York Times‘ new series and podcast called The Caliphate. The series follows reporter Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State (ISIS). It’s been getting a lot of attention. And, it’s raised some important ethical questions for journalists. Here’s Maryam Saleh, story editor for The Intercept:
The New York Times published an investigation of ISIS last month based on files reporter Rukmini Callimachi removed from Iraq,
In 2010, Justin Carl Moose, a self-described “Christian counterpart to Osama bin-Laden,” planned to blow up an abortion clinic. He was in possession of means to make explosives, including potassium permanganate, fuse wires, and metal shavings.
Combined, the New York Times and Washington Post ran just two articles on Rogers.
Antonio Martinez was alleged to have acted in the name of Islam when he planned to bomb a military recruitment station outside Baltimore and shoot personnel as they fled the scene.
The United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” … and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.
And that’s not all. Forbes goes on.Last October, an Indiana lawmaker proposed that journalists be licensed. Representative Jim Lucas’s bill was mostly a publicity stunt, but could this DHS action be a way for the government to keep track of American and foreign journalists as well as “citizen journalists,”
“I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.” ~Ronan Farrow
And yet, despite the threats, the doubts, and the lack of support, Farrow kept reporting the story that earned him a shared Pulitzer Prize, exposing allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In an emotional speech to the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University, Farrow revealed the doubts that plagued him —
I am thrilled to announce that Round Earth Media is one of just 15 organizations chosen to receive a much-coveted grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. This support will allow us to develop and launch a cultural news desk with the goal of illuminating the experiences and lives of US and internationally based Muslim artists.
The abyss that now separates us from each other and even from our own understanding of ourselves has grown wide enough to swallow our decency and civility whole.
I arrived in Morocco more than 7 years ago, poised for a grand experiment. Could students studying at US colleges and universities, working with Moroccan student partners, produce journalism of excellence for top global media outlets? Before that first semester was over, our students had proved that possible by publishing a story in the New York Times. They’ve gone on to publish and broadcast countless more. In this time of shuttered foreign news bureaus and the chaos in Washington nudging a lot of foreign coverage off the front page,