Pre-viewing the Film

Reporter is a feature documentary about Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times. In the summer of 2007, Kristof traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to shine his light into the darkest pockets of conflict and poverty. Congo is a country in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. To date, 5.4 million people have been killed in Congo over the last decade. Kristof’s charge is to put Congo on the international agenda. To help attract a broader audience, Kristof invited a college student and a teacher—winners of the 2007 “Win a Trip with Nick” contest—to join him on this reporting trip to central Africa.

Reporter gives us access to the dilemmas Kristof confronts as a journalist who has an agenda: to get his audience to care and take action. Kristof knows that statistics deaden his readers' interest and compassion. To get the world to care, he goes in search of individuals whose stories will reflect the country's desperate crisis, including a dying woman, a rebel militia leader, and a child soldier.

Pre-Viewing Reading 1: Letter to Students from Nicholas Kristof

Pre-Viewing Reading 2: Leana Wen’s Winning Essay (excerpt)

Pre-Viewing Reading 3: Will Okun’s Winning Essay (excerpt)

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