The Reporter

Posted on April 30, 2010

About the Movie
REPORTER is a feature documentary about Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, who almost single-handedly put the crisis in Darfur on the world map. The film puts the viewer in Kristof’s pocket, revealing the man and his methods, and just how and why real reporting is vital to our democracy, our world-awareness, and our capacity to be a force for good. But REPORTER has a second agenda.  By tracking a newsman, we track his news. In the summer of 2007, Kristof traveled to the  Democratic Republic of the Congo to shine his light into the darkest pockets of conflict and poverty. On this trip, Kristof brought with him two young Americans, a medical student and a teacher. Their reflections of the heart-wrenching journey were posted alongside Kristof’s bi-weekly columns.  





Previewing:  1. Click on the link. How effective/affective it is as a media piece.      


Please make notes! The plot is complicated. While we watch the movie I will stop it and ask you to describe what is going on. Please be prepared.      

After Veiwing:
 Choose two of the following questions to write an OPINION paragraph about them. (These paragraphs will be marked out of twenty)  
1.  Compare the affective/effective nature of the teaser with the film as a whole.   
2.  What is the role of journalists and the media in general? 
3.  What does it mean to “bear witness”, as Nicholas 
4. Kristof states? What does he mean by this? What is the alternative?  
5.  Should journalists interfere/intervene as they do with Yohanita ? What are the consequences?   


6.  What moral dilemma does Leana face, as a medical student, when she sees Yohanita? What tension does this cause for Nick as a journalist?  
 7.  What should be covered in the news media? Why?     


8.  What lengths should we go to, to help others? How do we decide who to help and who not to help?  

9.  Would you have said no to General Nkunda’s invitation to dinner?  
















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