PBS sponsored the Annual Meeting of the NABJ Global Journalism Task Force at the NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention in Washington, D.C.
The forum’s title was: The World Is Small: Increasing the Number of Minority Foreign Correspondents/
Telling the Story of a Changing World in Increasingly Dangerous Times
Even as the job becomes more dangerous, the need for more voices of color reporting global affairs becomes more vital. Our correspondents and experts discuss what the issues are and what is takes to do the job day, after day. after day. The need is urgent as: ISIS grows, Boko Haram persists, Cuba opens; the European Union unravels and the African Union transforms to become one. It is vital for Americans, particularly African Americans, to better understand what is happening globally. It is vital in a changing world that voices of color help tell that story.
Moderator: Gwen Ifill, PBS News Hour
Panelists: Ann Simmons, Global Development Writer/Editor, LA Times
Marc Lacey, New York Times
John Yearwood, The Yearwood Media Group
Alphonso Van Marsh, Beirut, Lebanon, international
journalist/former CBS, CNN correspondent
Dozens of NABJ members attending the taskforce’s meeting where the panelists shared their experiences of how they broke into international reporting and what their greatest successes and challenges have been. Ann Simmons recounted barely escaping a New Year’s Eve car bomb in Iraq as well as bringing the world’s attention to the plight of residents as a camp for amputees in Sierra Leone. “There was an outpouring of support… This is why I tell those stories: I want people to care,” she said.