If you’re a regular reader of the New York Times, you know who columnist Nick Kristof is. If you’ve never heard the name before, you might want to catch up a little on this remarkable journalist who travels the world and tells stories people sometimes don’t want to hear.
But they listen because Kristof is a great reporter, a very good writer and a humanitarian down to the bone. He makes you care. You’ll see him in action when we watch “Reporter” in class tomorrow, a film I first saw three years at the True/False Film Festival here in Columbia.
The film documents a trip Kristof made to Africa with two college students, the winners of an essay contest Kristof sponsors each year. (Note: Five or so years ago, the contest was won by an MU journalism grad student, Casey Parks, who now works for The Oregonian.)
I think you’ll get more out of this film if you at least take a quick look at at least one Kristof column. Here’s a typical one from the period when he was trying to get the world to pay attention to the genocide in Sudan. He won a Pulitzer for his efforts.
Come back tomorrow after you’ve seen the first half of the movie; I’ll have some discussion questions posted here.