How journalists learn to report from the world's hotspots

Sep 11, 2014

MSU journalism professor Eric Freedman

Today is September 11th, the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Observations to honor the victims and first responders are being held in places like Wentworth Park in Lansing, where “Lansing Remembers” started at 8:30 this morning, “Mason Cares” at the fire station on Ash Street from 1 to 7 p-m today, another at the Williamston fire station tonight at 6 p-m, and probably others in your town. While we reflect on what happened that day 13 years ago, we also consider how the effects of the 9-11 attacks linger in the world today. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the beheadings to two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, bringing to light the danger faced by journalists around the world today.

To learn more about how dangerous a profession journalism can be, Current State speaks with MSU Journalism professor Eric Freedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who’s teaching work here at MSU now includes teaching a class on global affairs to graduate students. He’s travelled the world meeting reporters to learn how they work in this atmosphere.

We’re also joined by Duygu Kanver, a PhD. student at Michigan State from Turkey. Her Master’s thesis was on the imprisonment of Turkish journalists, a number of whom she interviewed after their imprisonment. Thank you for joining us.