The New York Times published a story today about two American journalists from Current TV that will be indicted and tried in North Korea: N. Korea to Try U.S. Journalists.This article was the first one I read today and it continued to stick with me, impressed upon my brain. Sitting in the office this afternoon, my mind keeps heading back to this article’s subjects. I keep reading up on the developments and my thoughts turn to those who sacrifice themselves daily for the good of all of us.
The details of what the detained journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, did are limited. Regardless, I was struck by the article because it was a somber and humbling reminder of how often reporters put themselves in harm’s way to get a story. Laura Ling, one of the journalists set to stand trial, is the sister of Lisa Ling, who I’ve watched on National Geographic and the View. Both sisters are international news reporters.
In a day where newspapers are fighting for survival, there are journalists fighting for their lives on a daily basis too. Stories often focus on the dollars and cents of reporting, the content delivery methods, the state of our wired brains and struggle to maintain proper language. Behind every story, Tweet, text, blog, video feed, whatever, there is a human being sharing information. Take some time and visit Reporters Without Borders and read about the plight of missing or detained journalists worldwide. Read about the stories these journalists were working on and take note of them. Remember them, and their families, from time to time and thank them for their sacrifice.
What’s in a Tweet? As the industry buzz around Twitter continues, we here at Metis want to share with you a video that captures the humor behind the latest 2.0 craze. Enjoy!