RE: Trudy Rubin Worldview: Journalist's risks benefited us all http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/20120219_Worldview__Journalist_s_risks_benefited_us_all.html
I very much appreciated Trudy Rubin's thoughtful tribute to the talented Arab American reporter Anthony Shadid who tragically died this past week of an asthma attack, in the prime of his life in the middle of a very admirable career. In particular I like how Ms Rubin presented the big picture of how important it is to have trustworthy, professional, competent and compassionate foreign correspondents on the ground so that American citizens (and U.S. officials) might better understand what really is going on.
Citizen journalists and freelancers can indeed help convey bits and pieces of important stories, but they simply do not have the breadth of experience or the professional expertise to do full justice to important stories. Some might eventually become respected reporters employed by mainstream American newspapers because they have proved their worth- their competence and integrity. However there are many amateurs and novices who either inadvertently or intentionally leave out important facts and trends, crafting their stories with more slant than solid ground. The internet is filled with titillating posts and forwards by such novices, but wiser readers know to be wary.
Mainstream American newspapers are not perfect, but they do have fact checkers, a sense of accountability, and the test of time on their side. Meritocracy tends to guide a mainstream American newspaper's choice of who to hire and who to promote. Sadly the same can not be said for many newspapers in the Middle East, where anti-America "experts" and slick apologists for Islamists tend to push potential future journalists (here and there) away from really seeing and more fully understanding the bigger picture.
Anne Selden Annab
American Homemaker & Poet
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"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." Eleanor Roosevelt