…ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.
in a way that could offer some help to journalists in danger around the world — you can make a donation in his memory to the Committee to Protect Journalists so the organization can continue to work on their behalf.
…we believe the assassination of a journalist in wartime should be considered an international crime of war.
The Guardian has recently been criticized for running an ad (print only) by the organization This World — an ad featuring Elie Wiesel and saying, among other things, “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.” (Newspapers in the US ran this ad, too, but that’s less surprising.)
Alan Rusbridger responded with a few interesting arguments — primarily that newspapers shouldn’t dismiss ads they disagree with and that it was a freedom of speech issue. Those are valid considerations when it comes to controversial advertising, but this wasn’t an ad for a political campaign or an advocacy group dealing with social issues — it was an ad about an ongoing conflict. And the ad used the child casualties of that conflict as a tool of emotional manipulation. That’s not an issue of whether or not the paper disagrees with a political stance; this is much more than that. The language of the ad was not just offensive to those who disagree with it — it was a base manipulation of the deaths of children.
One of my great disagreements with this choice — while it sounds admirable to forge ahead and publish ads you disagree with — is that it diminished and overshadowed the reporting from Gaza and Israel from Guardian journalists. Advertising should never overshadow the actual journalism, and that’s exactly what it did. When there is a clash between the two, the advertising should go. It is not, or should not be, more valuable to the publication.
Read Guardian readers’ editor Chris Elliott’s good discussion of what happened.
We rolled lighter than that in an actual war zone.
It’s really quite amusing to me to be asked for career advice at this stage in my life. This implies that I’ve moved beyond the early phases and on to a more glamorous life of job security. In many ways, I really ought to be on the receiving end of advice rather than the other way around. However, I have a decent and happy few years of freelancing under my belt and here’s what I know works and what I’m hoping continues to work for me:
To go along with this question, here’s another related one I just got:
The answer is both. I freelanced for a few years before heading off to do a degree (graduate level) in journalism. Journalism school is actually not the opposite of making your own way — I want to make it very clear that a journalism degree, however many things it will teach you and offer you, does not neatly map a possible profession out or create a whole pathway for you to follow.
No, but I’m generally familiar with Gannon’s reporting. I’ll put it on my list! Thanks.
(Posting for anyone up for what seems like a solid read about Afghanistan.)
We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die. Every day is another day of fear and destruction. If you don’t die, someone you know is likely to be among the dead. This is no life a human being can accept.
A Palestinian commenting on conditions inside Gaza.
(Via +972 Mag)