Nick Kristoff: Reporter

This is what I watched the other night:

I have to say the movie was pretty moving and motivating. To be reminded that when things need to be said and stories need to be told, people should, can and at times actually do listen. And it is important to continue to have people bringing light to issues.

At a time when people are scrambling to figure out the future of journalism, Nick Kristoff is not caught up in that mindfuck but just continuing to report, realizing that regardless of the future journalism model it will still require people to be telling important stories. So he is taking that part of the problem into his own hands. In the same way the movie shows Kristoff realizes the need to draw the human element into caring about stories, he draws one person in to both journalism and stories by bringing along a student.

Interesting because I had just emailed George this the other day.

I like the fact that he didn’t necessarily choose the valedictorian from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, but almost picked someone unworthy. At various times I have debated entering contests and explaining that “no I’m not so-and-so’s biggest fan, but I would like to win because…” and seeing where that got me. Sounds like this kid did it and won. Certainly made me want to enter the next contest. Do I deserve to win? Probably not. But I am sick of writing about a vapid topic. And I felt inspired to write about something more important. And it just made me want to write more.

Granted, it doesn’t seem like Kristoff has much to worry about as far as job safety when it comes to job security, but there is something romantic and attractive about the possibility of living that sort of life, having that type of career and possibly effecting that type of change.

I also enjoyed the movie for the fact that it offered the visuals for what it takes to put a story, or a story like that, together. You read it in two dimensional black and white in the paper or on a screen, but to see the footwork, the trekking, the interviewing actually taking place, especially with a warlord in a country such as the Congo, was pretty amazing.