Teaching Examples

Courageous journalism: Yahoo! News
March 16, 2006, 4:15 pm
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The 2006 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism has been awarded to Kevin Sites. In case you (and your students) don’t know about Sites, he’s one of those “backpack journalists” that some old-school newsroom types might scoff at (“No one can do it all”). He’s got a video camera, a satellite phone and an Apple Powerbook in his backpack (you can read all about Sites’s gear), and since Oct. 1, 2005, he has been on assignment for Yahoo! News in Congo, Uganda, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. This week he’s in Afghanistan.

Launched in August 1995, Yahoo! News has been derided as a mere “aggregator” by many in the journalism field — but keep in mind that Neil Budde (founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal online) has the helm, and any lingering derision today may be ill placed.

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