In this video, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times talks about covering a global crisis.
First, he talks about safety.
- The first rule of reporting is to make it back alive
- Don’t wander around by yourself
- Always listen to local people
- (Especially if you’re in a slum) carry a decoy wallet with a small amount of cash. If you get robbed, you can give it to them so they leave. Keep your passport and other money in a hidden location.
How to find and tell a great story:
- Personalize the story. Americans don’t care about thousands of people with a problem, but can relate to one person.
- Find a person to drive the narrative and tell the story. It will make the viewer relate and think about the larger problem.
- Interview a lot of people. You’ll end up not using 90% of your content, but you’ll find a sparkling lead that will draw the viewer in.
- Do your homework
- Talk to lots of experts and check what they say versus what’s actually happening there.
- Remember that victims can lie too. Always double- or triple-check their stories
- It’s okay to be skeptical even if they’re good people.
And finally, he says to be very careful to make sure you don’t become a tragic part of the humanitarian crisis you’re trying to cover.