The article I am sharing in this post discusses how a lack of immersive international reporting, and what the author frames as an over-investment in removed immersive reporting (where reporters stay hundreds of miles from the stories they are reporting in five-star hotels), leads to absences of information that do not enable a greater global understanding of society as a whole. Consequently, the author advocates, overall, for a return to “stringers” – reporters that are embedded in the everyday lives and communities of those they are writing stories about, as this closeness enables them to gather and share stories that are truly timely, evocative, compelling and inspirational.
Reading this article immediately brough Martha Biondi’s work on the reparations movement to mind. Specifically, I began to think about Biondi’s article “The Rise of the Reparations Movement.” In this article, Biondi discusses the growth and goals of reparations projects over time, as reactions to previous regimes of violence and discrimination, such as the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, and genocide to name only a few. Among other things, this article seems to function as a “call to the archives” for other historians, urgently asking them to begin collecting data that will enable equitable and ethical reparations to be made in the present. Thinking of this work in the context of the reporter’s article, I wonder what role professions, beyond historians, (i.e. reporters/stringers) and information repositories, beyond archives, (i.e. current news stories) might be able to play in data generation projects that support the reparations movement; and how fruitful discussions and collaborations might be facilitated between them.
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