Face-to-Face: Human Rights Reporting in Morocco

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Face-to-Face: Human Rights Reporting in Morocco
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Time Estimate:
One hour.

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Because Aida Alami and Mary Stucky report for international news outlets, they have a bit more freedom than journalists who publish in Moroccan publications. A professional journalist in Morocco must have accreditation issued by the government. Information is limited, and journalists aren’t trained to access public records. Furthermore, Morocco has a monarchy, which media are hesitant to criticize.

Alami and Stucky discuss covering a rape that ended in a girl’s suicide, the misinformation surrounding marriage laws in Morocco, and the line between human rights reporting and activism. In a country that is under-covered by the media, they say that the everyday story is often the most important to tell.

Students interested in studying journalism abroad will enjoy seeing student work from Morocco and hearing how they can apply to study in Morocco with professional journalists from such top-tier publications as The New York Times and NPR.

The journalists:

Aida Alami

Aida Alami grew up in Morocco and has a master’s from Columbia Journalism School. She is a freelance journalist for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Bloomberg. She blogs for the Huffington Post.

Mary Stucky

Mary Stucky’s work has been broadcast on Marketplace, The World, All Things Considered, CBS Radio, FRONTLINE/World and others. She is the co-founder of Round Earth Media, and she directs a study-abroad program to Morocco.

What Will I Learn:
  • An understanding of the deeper issues of foreign correspondence
  • Big-picture issues of journalism’s role at home and abroad, such as ethics and press freedom
  • How to address concerns about your own potential future as a foreign correspondent
Who should take this course:

High school and college students who are looking to expand their view on what it means to be a correspondent in a foreign country, as well as teachers who want to help students develop their news literacy skills.

Training Partner:

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists puts students in touch with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Each month during the academic year, a newsmaker will speak live to hundreds of students in a virtual conversation that includes five schools—from high schools to universities.

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