In the Modern digital world, instantaneous availability of information and citizen reporting raises serious questions about the relevance of journalists. But even today quality journalism exists, and several journalists continue to show the world why quality matters over quantity. Here are five such journalists who make a difference.
Fisk is a British journalist who is Independent’s correspondent for the Middle East. He holds the distinction of having interviewed Osama bin Laden thrice. He is known for his fearlessness in reporting events. Robert Fisk has covered the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq war. He has written best-selling books on the Middle East, including Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation. He has received several awards, including the British Press Awards International Journalist of the Year. Robert Fisk holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.
Kathryn “Kate” Adie is a British journalist who currently presents ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ on BBC Radio 4. She is known for her stint as the Chief News correspondent of BBC News and her coverage from several war fronts. Kate Adie received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire award for excellence in journalism. She reported live the London Iranian Embassy siege, crouching behind a car door amid chaos and confusion. Kate Adie is also a best-selling author of several books including her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers
Amanpour is currently the global affairs anchor for ABC News in the United States as well as the Chief International Correspondent for CNN International. She also hosts Amanpour- CNNs interview program. Christiane Amanpour began her career as an entry-level assistant and worked her way up to the international desk. She has interviewed several top leaders including Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Ghadafi. She has received several awards including nine News and Documentary Emmys. Amanpour also serves as a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Hu Shuli is a Chinese journalist who is currently the editor-in-chief of the media group, Caixin Media which she founded in 2009. She is considered the best reporter in China, which has several restrictions on the Media. Shuli had also been chief reporter and international editor of China Business Times before founding Caijing, business and finance magazine which she was also editor-in-chief of for 11 years. She has been named one among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes and as one among the most influential people in the world by Time. She is known for her investigative journalism on fraud and corruption.
American Robert Upshur “Bob” Woodward is well-known for exposing the Watergate scandal during President Nixon’s tenure. Woodward uncovered much of the scandal with colleague Carl Bernstein while working as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post in 1972. The expose was instrumental in Nixon’s resignation. Woodward is currently the associate editor of the Post. He has written and released several books. Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting on Watergate landed the Pulitzer prize for public service to the Post. His contributions towards coverage of the 9/11 attacks also won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2002.