They're often blamed as being part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. Some people call them heartless. Some people call them money-hungry. And some people just call them plain stupid. But contrary to popular belief, some journalists really care. They're not in it for the money, the fame or whatever people want to negatively associate them with. When it comes down to it, they're regular people who dedicate their lives to telling stories that need to be told. And that's courageous.
Ann Curry is one of my favorite journalists. Please take the time to watch her acceptance speech for her work on "Crisis in Darfur" at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Her words are heartfelt and beautiful.
[photo credit: Ann Curry and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir.
Photo by Antoine Sanfuentes, NBC News]