WNYC’s Kai Wright and Kaari Pitkin talk morality and ethics, especially with minors as subjects, for their rare view inside the tangled world of the U.S. juvenile justice system.
CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir has reported fearlessly across Africa. For her 2019 duPont-Columbia award winning work, she and her producer snuck into a modern day slave market in Libya, exposed child labor in Congo and trailed a smuggler’s network in Nigeria to show the world rarely seen exploitation and corruption. In this episode, she talks about the challenges of taking such risks as well as the challenges of being a Muslim, female journalist of color. “People like me 10 years ago didn't end up in front of the camera. People like me were fixers.”
She also talks about some of the advantages. In her human rights abuses reporting, “it was eas(ier) for us to disappear. It was easier to have Arabic speakers. It took the temperature down a lot for it to be women in such a chauvinist cultural context as Libya.”
Elbagir talks to Columbia J School student Sarah Moawad in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, being a new mom on the frontlines and how she learned what “Selena Gomez viral” was -- when it happened to her.
And a reminder to be like Nima Elbagir and enter your best audio or video reporting for #duPont2020 while we’re open for submissions (Deadline July 1). Visit www.duPont.org for info and to enter.
“I think that fairness means that you are fairly representing the sides. That fair representation may be that one of the side’s arguments is bullshit.”
“RBG” Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West plus Executive Producer Amy Entelis talk the power of optimism, the challenging rules for filming in the Supreme Court, and how RBG herself reacted to seeing the film for the first time in front of a sold out audience at Sundance.
“So a kid did scribble on a sidewalk. Is that technically vandalism? Sure. But is the best way to handle it really for the officer to arrest that kid?
As the new school year begins, a new On Assignment episode explores how schools across the country are disciplining students...by arresting them.
“If we think it's vital to the story we'll probably do whatever it takes to make it happen.” ABC15’s Dave Biscobing on his relentless, 2018 duPont-winning series that showed a self-described “advocacy” group was really “advocating” to put millions in their own pockets.
“Our stories in the end are (less) about sports - they're about power or culture or you know triumph over adversity or human rights. It is almost like a Trojan horse to get inside and then ask the human rights questions.”
“Going into Syria itself at the point where we started shooting was basically a suicide mission. Not so much the risks of combat, but the risk of being kidnapped, sold to ISIS and having your head cut off. So we were making a film about the Syrian civil war and we couldn't shoot in the Syrian civil war.”