How do we write about where we’re not from? Can we write about “others,” and how should we? Foreign correspondents have come under attack both for budgetary reasons (they’re expensive), and ethical ones (“locals” should tell their own stories). In this talk, Jina Moore will argue for the virtues of foreign correspondence. Outsiders can cultivate the ability to see new or different sides of insiders’ problems and strengths, and share them with the world. Ms. Moore will speak about how to develop the skill of conveying the full humanity of one’s subjects, even in the context of editorial prejudices and while reckoning with the forms of privilege that shape people’s lives.
About Jina Moore
Jina Moore is a writer, journalist, and producer using different media to bring a small piece of the world to curious readers, listeners or viewers who haven’t seen that kind of thing yet. She was the East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times; she inaugurated Global Women’s Rights coverage for BuzzFeed News; and her work has been published by The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, and in Best American Science Writing, as well as on public radio. She has reported from 30 countries around the world, more than half of them in Africa.