Face-to-Face: Reporting Amid Danger

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Face-to-Face: Reporting Amid Danger
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Time Estimate:
One hour.

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Jamal Osman, born in Somalia, escaped to Britain at the beginning of his country’s civil war. He studied journalism so that he could cover his homeland. His work in Somalia goes far beyond the usual coverage of famine and piracy to tell the stories of the people, and his coverage is shaping international perception of the country. In this session, Osman discusses his story about Somali Olympic athletes training on the “road of death”; the story of rape in refugee camps; and the story about young British-Somalis returning to Somalia. Osman discusses why people decided to talk to him about taboo subjects, the importance of verification, leaving himself out of the story, and how the system encourages corruption in journalism.

The journalist:

Jamal Osman

Jamal Osman is a Somali filmmaker and investigative journalist who reports for Britain’s Channel 4. Osman grew up in Somalia, one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists. He spoke no English when he paid traffickers to get him out of Somalia in 1999. He has returned to Somalia many times to cover such issues as piracy, famine, the repatriation of Somalis from the United Kingdom and the struggle for Somali athletes to compete in the Olympics. His many awards include the Royal Television Society (RTS) Independent Award in 2012, the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Memorial Award in 2010, and the news story of the year prize at the Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards in 2009.

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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