Sunday, January 17, 2010

On Haiti

I've been following the images coming out of Haiti, and I am in awe of the work that journalists are doing. I am also made to think about the lack of journalism for the Haitian people-- the news about their lives, where aid is coming from, what roads are passable, where to find water. From what I've been hearing, there is a critical need of journalism FOR Haiti, and not only about Haiti. Listen to a fascinating story about getting community media back in working order. Often, when things are at their worst, journalists are at their best. I hope the local journalists in Haiti are able to do the jobs their communities desperately need. I feel honored to report in my community right now, though there certainly is some measure of desire to be in Haiti, to work hard in the service of a people who need help and a profession that can help move the whole world in the direction of right action.
Caption, above: While fellow congregants pray for overseas missions, Esther Pierre keeps Haiti, the country where many of her family members live, in mind during evening services at the Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Pierre had recently learned of the safety of her father and sister, but was awaiting news of her brother, who has been missing since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the island nation on Tuesday.

1 comment:

katie said...

so true... it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds, journalistically from the haitian perspective.