I'm 17 years old and an aspiring journalist. I'm Editor-in-Chief of my high school's paper and I've done some reporting for our town's newspaper as well. What would you recommend for a career in journalism, both in terms of education and in terms of getting your foot in the door?
it’s all about the work. be diligent in producing a solid body of work. find voices and stories that aren’t being heard in the mainstream. start saving money now, so you can support yourself during an internship at a news organization (it’s an unfair door into the biz). go to a good journalism school and be relentless in landing good internships. in my experience, i’ve really seen these pay off. all that said, i went a complete different route.
you are my hero!! I am an aspiring journalist and currently a sophomore in high school. I'm the news editor in journalism, and your work is precisely what I want to do when I grow up. Thank you for being such an inspiration!
I admire how your blog not only explores such fascinating and moving topics, but that in doing so it expresses you as such a real person. If possible, even more than real. Is there a video, or transcript, or such, where someone is interviewing YOU?
thanks! and yeah, this bio has a few links to interviews i’ve given. ;-)
what kind of video camera do you use? what do you edit with? I enjoy your reporting, you are waking people up.
We film with the Canon 5D. It’s a DSLR, it’s meant primarily to shoot still images, but we’ve adapted it to our needs. We think it gives the show a more cinematic look. Here’s an article in Broadcasting and Cable about using the 5D as a new trend and specifically about Fault Lines leading the way with it:
My latest surprise critic came courtesy of Wikileaks. A leaked diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Doha, Qatar, describes an early pilot of an interview show I shot for Al Jazeera International (before we changed our name to Al Jazeera English) on September 2, 2005. The unnamed author writes, “Hassan and Josh are clearly still amateur anchors and will need considerable practice to present a more professional and engaging program.” Um, ouch.
Setting aside the commentary’s sting and my bruised—though still breathing—ego for a moment, I must admit the show was bad. Exercising good wisdom, Al Jazeera management chose to go a different direction, canceling the show years before the network launched—a decision I supported fully. With the program’s early demise, I thought I had escaped what were sure to be genuinely rough reviews, but thanks to inept security, Wikileaks and living in a time when every blemish has the potential to exist forever on the Internet; I’ve been forced to face the US State Department’s critically acclaimed television standards. I’d love to know what they thought of Arrested Development…
Now I’m left to wait, should I be so lucky, until the next iteration of leaked documents opining my career to find out what the TV critics at the State Department think of my most recent work on Fault Lines. Oh with bated breath….