Read Nicholas Kristof

Here are a few columns that will show you the breadth of his work:

Sex trafficking in the United States

Inside an egg factory farm

How a poor student from Sudan made it to Yale

How Lady Gaga is attacking bullies

Is Sudan the next Darfur?

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6 Responses to Read Nicholas Kristof

  1. Nina Pantic says:

    I’m actually in the midst of a grad project for this class and came across Kristof’s Facebook page. He has over 445,000 subscribers. Pretty interesting to see how he uses social media. http://www.facebook.com/kristof

  2. The first column about sex trafficking in the United States stuns and disturbs me. I have heard that this happens in America, but where? Apparently, I am in the dark about this. This is why journalists are so important. Too often people want to pretend that such things don’t hit so close to home.

    Kristof’s second column reminds me of a project I am working on about a local farm. My source stressed the importance of knowing where your food comes from. This is an example of blind consumers, unknowingly purchasing eggs from a corrupt organization. Again Kristof brings to light a situation that most choose to ignore or had never considered before.

    Too often I hear people say of the homeless, “get a job.” This isn’t the same situation, but I think it is important to acknowledge that you don’t know that person’s situation. Kristof’s source stressed that, “talent is universal, but opportunity is not.” I appreciate Kristof’s ability to word his ideas in such a way that they are relatable and influential.

    With the release of the recent documentary “Bully,” and this move to end bullying in schools, which celebrities seem to be diligently campaigning and supporting the message, it is no wonder why Kristof would go to one of the most popular artists in the music industry to tell her story of being bullied. This is a very smart move on Kristof’s part because who would make fun of Lady Gaga?

    To conclude, I think Kristof does an excellent job of immersing himself in a situation of concern. His writing is very persuasive, and calls for action from his readers. I am not brave enough to report in such dangerous situations, so I admire his bravery. No matter what, when I read a Kristof column, I learn about a concerning issue and am persuaded to act. I appreciate his writing immensely.

  3. And while we are on the subject of Human Trafficking, there is a booth on Lowry Mall this week, near Hitt Street. It is part of the MU Freedom Movement. Check out this Missourian article for more information on the event:

    http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/04/19/readers-movement-calls-action-against-modern-day-injustices/

  4. Karee Hackel says:

    Reblogged this on Karee Hackel and commented:
    To say that Nicholas Kristof is a powerful, dedicated reporter would be an understatement. It’s clear through his writings he completely and entirely submits himself to his reporting, which is really quite admirable. What I enjoyed about Kristof’s writings is that he speaks to his readers and addresses them as if he’s having a conversation. It makes his reporting more personal and relatable, in my opinion.
    His piece on human trafficking was astounding. You hear about sex trafficking in the news frequently, but it’s rare that you receive such a personal, in depth account of what it is actually like. To include these rare, personal details of what REALLY happened to Brianna gives Kristof’s readers an inside look into the true severity of this issue. In a way, Kristof prompts his readers to take action, or to simply notice that this is an important issue and people should notice.
    “Is an Egg for Breakfast Worth This?” was a piece that simply exposed a corrupt organization for what it truly is. Many people would not think twice about this issue, but Kristof frames this story in a way that prompts Americans to really take a look at where their food comes from and how the food industry can sometimes take advantage of our naivety.
    Paul Lorem’s story was absolutely remarkable. Growing up, the opportunity of attending college simply was not available. However, Lorem did the opposite of giving up and chose to persevere in a way that landed him at one of the country’s most prestigious universities. Kristof concludes his piece by urging his readers to appreciate the opportunities they have and understand that education is one of those opportunities that simply should not be taken for granted.
    Bullying is a relevant news topic, absolutely. But, for Kristof to take this issue and relate it to one of the country’s most popular music artists shows just how relevant this issue really is. This article sheds light upon the fact that bullying can happen to just about anyone, even Lady Gaga. To this day, Lady Gaga still suffers from being bullied as a child, which is revealed through this personal account. I think it’s incredible that Kristof chose to portray this issue in a way that shows his readers just how large the realm of bullying can be.
    Kristof is an incredible reporter. Period. He takes issues that are of great concern and provides deep, personal accounts. By taking these issues and spinning them in such a way, Kristof captures the attention of his readers and paints a picture that allows the reader to truly grasp just how significant of an issue it really is. It’s clear that Kristof is a veteran reporter who is brave, dedicated and passionate as a person and a writer.

  5. He does what we all dream to — inspire change.

  6. feliciagreiff says:

    It’s interesting to see how Kristof mixes the content of his work all the while keeping his conversational tone consistent. It’s his tone that I find most striking and refreshing as I think it would be easier to take a distant, clinical approach to subjects like unclean practices of egg farms or the experiences of a sex traffick victim. Kristof keeps you close to the issues at hand and engaged, which is why he is the best at covering under-covered issues.

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