Tears and Laughs at the Knight Fellows Orientation

Jun 142010
  • "The Fellas" outside the white Houe taking snaps for the blogs.

  • "Hena Cuevas and Justin Arenstein talk to Amr El-Kahky's Blog"

  • Hena and Edem Djiokoto "framing".

Kathie Klarreich shed tears during a session on Journalistic Ethics during the Knight Fellowship orientation in the American capital Washington.

She remembered how some video journalists handled the victims of Haiti’s Earthquake transmitting their suffering live on TV while they could’ve helped evacuating those under debris.

I asked Kathie who’s heading to Haiti later this year to help revive the country’s devastated media why she cried: "Life and Humanity always come first" she said:

But the orientation was not all about tears. Kathie also laughed with the other five Knight Fellows recruited by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

They’ll head out to different parts of the world in a quest to improve journalism in Africa, Middle East, South America, the Caribbean and Asia.

The orientation which conluded on Monday 14th of June brought together able journalists who’ve got great experience in print and video as well as in media management.

Blogging was part of a whole day dedicated to new digital media, something that every fellow would wish to pass on to journalists who are not exposed to a lot of training.

Hena Cuevas is a Knight Fellow heading to Peru to introduce the basics of what can be professional TV coverage of elections.

She shared her thoughts with me on this orientation:

The fellows have benefited a lot from Justin Arenstein, a veteran South African Journalist who launched Africa’s first investigative reporting wire service who’s always been immersed in new technologies.

I will head to the Middle East to launch five investigative journalism units in five media organizations in Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories.

The Investigative genre is relatively new to modern journalism in the Arab world; a challenge that I will happily take in the next twelve months.