Additional Resources for the Film Reporter

For information related to Nicholas Kristof and the film Reporter:

Two for the Road: This is the blog that Leana Wen and Will Okun kept while traveling with Nicholas Kristof in central Africa. The blog also includes video reflections and links to editorials Kristof wrote during the trip.

Reporter film website: The official website for Reporter provides background information about Congo, photos taken during the filming of the documentary, biographies of Nicholas Kristof and the filmmakers, and action steps that might be taken after viewing this film.

Nicholas D. Kristof’s New York Times opinion page: This page provides links to all of Kristof’s columns, along with video footage from some of his trips.

On the Ground: Kristof’s blog on the New York Times website expands on the ideas from his columns. Readers’ comments contribute additional insights and questions. You can post your comments here, as well.

Kristof can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

WJZO Photography: This is where Will Okun posts his photographs. Click on “c.africa” to view the images he took on his trip with Kristof.

Caring About Congo: In February 2010, the PBS show NOW interviewed filmmaker Eric Metzgar about his experience making Reporter. You can read the transcript of this fascinating interview, watch it as a video, or listen to it as a podcast.

 

For information related to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur:

Enough Project: Enough Project was founded to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity. Its members maintain up-to-date resources on the situations in eastern Congo and Darfur.

Ripples of Genocide: Journey through Eastern Congo: This online exhibit, created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, provides insights into Congo by examining the diaries of four individuals who traveled there in 2003 (including actress Angelina Jolie). The site also has information about the current situation in Congo.

United to End Genocide: This advocacy group (formerly Genocide Intervention Network) was founded to empower individuals by giving them the tools to stop and prevent genocide. The website includes background information about Congo and Darfur, as well as ideas about what individuals can do to help restore peace to these regions.

A Promise Unkept: This online presentation about Darfur, narrated by Nicholas Kristof, includes small video clips with topics such as “Why Should We Care?,” “America and Genocide,” and “What Can We Do?”

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers: This organization works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers and to secure their rehabilitation. The website provides an array of resources to help the public better understand this issue, including basic facts and the testimony of child soldiers.

 

For more information about journalism and reporting:

HSJ.org: Published by the ASNE (American Society of News Editors), HSJ.org is one of the leading websites for information about high-school journalism. It includes investigations for students and teachers. In the teachers’ section, you can find hundreds of lesson plans and other resources on topics ranging from writing editorials to conducting interviews to copyediting.

Newseum: Newseum, located in Washington, DC, was founded for the purpose of “helping people better understand the news and the important role it plays in their lives.” Watching Reporter would be an appropriate activity before or after visiting this museum. The museum’s website hosts helpful resources for teachers, including lesson plans on topics such as “First Amendment” and “Headlines from History,” and news stories from different historical eras.

Project for Excellence in Journalism: The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence is a nonpartisan website dedicated to the study of the press. The website hosts survey results and reports—many of them focused on new media. This is a great site to explore for deeper knowledge about the changing landscape of journalism.

Center for Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen: The website of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focuses on advancing the ethical standards of journalism. The center explores ethical issues related to traditional journalism and new media, including blogging and citizen journalism. It also provides links to different examples of journalism ethics codes.

News Writing with Scholastic Editors: This website provides step-by-step instructions to help students write and publish their own news stories.

The News Manual: This professional resource for journalists includes three online manuals: Volume 1: Basic Techniques, Volume 2: Advanced Reporting, and Volume 3: Ethics and the Law. For beginners, you might want to start with “The Shape of a Story,” which includes an image and description of the inverted pyramid structure for news writing.

Student Reporting Labs: PBS Newshour has created a website aimed to help student journalists create and share their work. The website includes information on how to create a student reporting lab that connects with local PBS stations and news professionals, as well as stories produced by students across the country. The Student Reporting Labs Curriculum consists of nine lesson plans focused on digital and news literacy.

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