Most people pay close attention – or at least some attention – to where they get certain products. Perhaps they place a high value on a label stitched into an article of clothing, the sticker on a package of soybeans indicating that they’re a non-GMO product, or even the name and reputation of the chef at a favorite restaurant. We could even say that people pay attention to the brand of news they consume – you could be a FOX viewer, or you could be more inclined to watch MSNBC. You could trust Christiane Amanpour more than, say, Lara Logan. But the majority of the news you consume isn’t reported, first-hand, by big names. It is reported by field reporters, people, like, say, me, or tens of thousands like me working for wire services or as nameless freelancers for the big brands. Who are we and how do we interact with what we report? In any given place, will I see, process and report the exact same information as another reporter with a different background? To what extent does one’s identity as a reporter form the narrative of a story? And how aware are you, readers and viewers, of what you’re consuming and where it comes from?


Open Table Discussion with Dorothy Parvaz
US Intervention in the Middle East: Perspectives from an Al Jazeera Journalist
Wednesday, April 23, 12-1:30 pm

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