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Teaching "Reporter" was developed to help classrooms explore essential questions about being a global citizen in the information age.

The documentary Reporter follows New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on a reporting trip to central Africa. Watching Kristof identify stories that he thinks will galvanize readers to take action to prevent further humanitarian disasters in places such as Congo and Darfur, gives us an opportunity to think about not only the role of the journalist, but also our own roles as members of a global society.

Teaching "Reporter" includes materials that help students make connections between the dramatic events presented in the film and the choices they make in their own lives as creators and consumers of media.  By addressing issues ranging from journalistic objectivity to psychic numbing, the resources in this study guide help develop students’ civic and media literacy skills.


  • A letter to students from Nicholas Kristof and other readings to introduce students to the film.
  • >Our Viewing Guide to provide discussion questions for highlighted moments of the film.
  • >10 readings, including three Kristof editorials, carefully selected to deepen understanding of the issues raised in Reporter.
  • Connections to stimulate classroom discussions.
  • Web Resources to provide further reading and exploration of the topics covered in the guide.

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