World Journalism

World Journalism

An old friend of mine was an Intelligence Captain with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He told me how they always kept CNN turned on the Division Headquarters Tv, 24/7.

We do it because we're committed, because we're believers.--- C.A.

When they would see any special report coming on, reported by a famous face, a female journalist, they would all drop whatever they were doing, to watch.

“Because,” he said, “we knew wherever she was, that’s probably where we would be deploying next, and probably in a big hurry, too. She was always ahead of the world curve.”

Her face is world-famous. She has the ears of the world’s leaders. And it all began with a college degree.

Who is she?

She has secured exclusive interviews with world leaders from the Middle East to Europe to Africa and beyond, including Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria, among others.

Who is she? She is definitely a journalist.

After 9/11 she was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

In her 18 years as an international correspondent, Amanpour has reported on all the major crises from the world’s many hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans and the United States during Hurricane Katrina.

Still can’t guess?

She joined CNN in 1983 as an entry-level assistant on the network’s international assignment desk in Atlanta. She worked her way up to correspondent in CNN’s New York bureau before becoming an international correspondent in 1990. Her first major assignment was the Gulf War, and she has since covered wars, famine, genocide and natural disasters around the globe.

There’s still more.

Her body of work has earned an inaugural Television Academy Honor, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award and other major journalism awards.

Many honorary degrees— from The American University of Paris, Georgetown University, New York University, Smith College, Emory University and the University of Michigan.

In 2007, she was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her “highly distinguished, innovative contribution” to the field of journalism. In 1998, the city of Sarajevo named her an honorary citizen for her “personal contribution to spreading the truth” during the Bosnia war from 1992 to 1995.

Okay, by now you’ve guessed her name. But you still don’t know how she got to be who she is.

Her name is Christiane Amanpour. CNN’s chief international correspondent, based in New York.

Christiane Amanpour

How did she get her start in journalism? She went to school and worked for it.

Amanpour studied at the University of Rhode Island. During her time there she worked in the News Department at WBRU-FM in Providence, Rhode Island. Amanpour graduated from the university summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1983.

In 1983, she was hired by CNN as a desk assistant on the Foreign Desk. In 1989, she was assigned to work in Frankfurt, Germany, where she reported on the democratic revolutions sweeping Eastern Europe at the time.

This was her big break and she made the most of it.

Following Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990, Amanpour’s reports of the Persian Gulf War brought her wide notice while also taking the network to a new level of news coverage.

She reported from the Bosnian war and many other conflict zones.

Her emotional delivery from Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo led some viewers and critics to question her professional objectivity, claiming that many of her reports were unjustified and favoured the Bosnian Muslims.

Her powerful and passionate reportage has impacted the whole world.

Amanpour said, of Journalism, “There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing.”

She went to college, she studied Journalism, she fought for her chances and made the most of them.

And now she has the ear of the world. She’s earned her “voice”.

That is the awesome potential power of Journalism.

Amanpour is living proof. She was an unknown, who started with her degree and her guts.

If you want to have a chance to obtain a voice in our world— to speak out for all you know and believe— go get the degree!

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