Face-to-Face: Country at a Crossroads

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Face-to-Face: Country at a Crossroads
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Time Estimate:
One hour.

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Louisa Lim, NPR’s Beijing correspondent, spoke to us just days before China’s government announced its new leadership. She described Beijing under the clampdown leading up to the party congress; she discussed the challenges of reporting on such a secretive government; and she helped us understand how she gains access to sources and protects them.

Lim told a story of visiting the cave in Yan'an in Shaanxi province where Chairman Mao hid for many years. The villagers had been told not to talk to foreign journalists, and they obeyed that command—except for one man who had a surprising reason to talk.

This seminar is full of tips from Lim for following the news in China.

The journalist:

Louisa Lim

Based in Beijing, NPR foreign correspondent Louisa Lim has reported from around the Asian continent, including Japan, North Korea and Tibet. Lim has been part of NPR teams that have won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody and two Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and the Beijing Olympics the same year. She also won the Human Rights Press Award in three of the past four years, most recently in April 2012. Lim has covered the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the Myanmar border; peasant millionaires in the southeastern city of Wenzhou; the surplus of boy babies on Hainan Island, China’s southernmost province; and protests against pollution in the industrial city of Tangshan. She has also journeyed to North Korea in advance of the centennial of Kim Il Sung’s birth; to Tibet to report on protests over Chinese oppression; and to Fukushima, Japan, to cover the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster.

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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