Monthly Archives: November 2006

La Liberta’ di Espressione!

As an aspiring journalist, although not in the broadcasting field, a freedom that is imperative is the freedom of speech and expression. Also as an Italian language studies minor, something that is important is reading italian newspapers. So, I found something that pertained to both the journalism and the Italian aspects.

On November 11, 2006 there was an article on called “Liberta’ nel web, ecco la “lista nera” in 13 Paesi si e’ constretti al silenzio.” For those of you who are not educated in the language, “Freedom on the web, here is the “black list” in 13 countries who have constricted themselves to silence.”

The article talks about 13 countries, including North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and Egypt, just to name a few, in which freedom of expression is prohibited. An organization called “Reporters Senza Frontiere,” or “Reporters without Borders,” include people from these countries. The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness about this lack of freedom.

In these countries, if someone posts a blog or writes something on a web site that contradicts the regime, or “badmouths” the local government, the consequence is often time in prison. For example, in Cuba, if an independent journalist uses the web, the punishment for writing an article is one year in prison.

“Reporters without Borders” started a protest online for 24 hours, in which you could visit their website and vote for the country you think most offends the freedomo of expression. Every year, the “black list” is getting smaller, which is a good thing, but it is very hard to accomplish. It is times like these that I am proud to be an American citizen, with all the rights and freedoms that we have. We take for granted our freedom to express ourselves. As the article stated, “La liberta’ di espressione non e’ un lusso, ma un diritto di tut


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Remembering a True Inspiration: Ed Bradley

It must be fate that my last post was on the topic of inspiration. A true inspiration to journalists and people across the world was lost on November 9th, 2006. Ed Bradley, a man whose values and determination supersceded the times, died of complications from lukemia at the age of 65.

In days where there were little or no black people on the radio or in the news, Ed Bradley, a man who had core values and utter respect for everyone, stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.  Although he started out as a school teacher, Ed’s passion was for broadcast journalism. Throughout his life he was a CBS and 60 Minutes news correspondant and was among the first african american to make a name for himself in television network.

The winner of 19 Emmy Awards, Bradley showed the world what he could do, whether it be with his deep interviews or his quick improvisation. He knew that if he put himself into his stories, it would be more rewarding in the end, because he would take something from it.

In reading about Ed Bradley’s life, I could not help but be inspired. A few things that I have learned and that all aspiring journalists should hold true are these:

-Find role models. Look for people who are doing what you would like to do, and aspire to be like them.

-Take initiative and be assertive. No one got anywhere in life by sitting back and letting opportunities pass by. As a former teacher once said, “Get off your ass and knock on doors!”

-Be open to new possibilities. A closed minded person is an ignorant one. The world is a big place with many different people, places and things. Don’t get trapped, but rather, open up.

-Improvise on a situation. When things aren’t going your way, use your creativity and imagination to make it better. Don’t think that you’ve been defeated, rather, look at it as a sign for you to use your skills.

-Know people. Know and understand what is going on in the world and in places around you. Keep your eyes and ears open.

In an interview, Bradley said, “A person should be a journalist if it’s something that lights their fire.” If you truely love and are inspired by what you do, it will always be better and more rewarding.

So I’d like to take this time to remember a true legend, Ed Bradley, who helped change the face of journalism forever. In the words of Ed Bradley, “everyone has an inner compass,” …so all you have to do is follow it.

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What Inspires You?

Inspiration is everywhere: it just depends on where you look. This post is to encourage everyone, not just journalism majors, to study abroad to find inspiration.

I am planning on traveling throughout Italy to experience the culture, art, nightlife, settings and especially, the language of a different country. If you have the chance, take it. You can experience a lifetime of memories in one semester, or maybe during the summer. For writers, you can find new inspiration where ever you turn, even in places you didnt think it existed.  A close friend who is studying in the beautiful Netherlands said something to me that stayed in my mind.

“The people here work to live, and thats what they do, just live life.”

So whether you seek inspiration in your hometown or overseas, remember to keep your eyes wide and be open to new possibilities.

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