Friday, October 3, 2008

Journalists Do Care!

"The media" has become a dirty phrase in our society.

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]


serenity said...

I agree. Many journalists care. I think every profession has those who believe in their work and try to do good with it and those who only do it for the paycheck and don't care who they hurt in the process.

Triple Threat said...

I think that a lot of journalists do not take the time or have the understanding that it takes to tell a story truthfully. People like Ann Curry got to where they are because they DID take the time to understand a story.

I have been interviewed a couple different time by some local news paper reporters about a technology story they were writing. Both times the story was ruined because the writers had no clue what they were talking about. They misinformed whoever read the article and had if they had taken the time to understand what I was telling them, they would have educated the readers instead of confuse them.

But I guess in every profession there are people who do their job well, and others who well... just plain stink.

SolShine7 said...

Documentary journalists are my favorite because they emerge themselves in a subject, sometimes it can take months or years for them to finish the piece. PBS does a great job of showcasing that kind of material.

But I get what you're saying Triple Threat there are some local reports (and even national ones) that seem so shallow. That's why I like reading most of my news online or tuning into AC 360 with the computer close by so I can jump online and find out more info on a subject.

jamey johnson said...

Many jounalists have "minister/pastors" they get a bad PUB! By the way, what did you do at Disney for your internship?

SolShine7 said...

I was a multi-marketing intern. I help planned the Jingle Jam tour and set up sponsorships and stuff. It was fun times!

Martine Joelle said...

I LOVE Ann Curry. She is so nurturing in her care and honestly humble in her desire to project truth and empowerment. She has a letter in a book out now that I believe is called "What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self" that was really sweet to see how she spoke of her path and akwardness of being biracial. Being for justice and heart - my favorite combo.

SolShine7 said...

Thanks for the tip Martine! I'll have to check that out ASAP. It sounds really cool. Plus, I'm really curious to hear about what Ann Curry's biracial experience was like.