For the last three years, I have not been allowed to participate in any activist or political activities whatsoever. This was a requirement of my job as a public radio journalist. The management explained away any qualms we might have with this requirement through the noble goal of "unbiased journalism."
As a former student activist, I found giving up activism in the name of journalism a frightful idea. What is journalism, after all, but one of the oldest forms of consciousness raising and empowerment? What is journalism if we take out anything controversial -- anything with victims or perpetrators?
While I love journalism, I am frustrated by those who continue to deny any link between being an activist and being a journalist. That is why I was so excited to see this TED talk by renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey about his life as a war photographer. Nachtwey will receive an Internews Media Leadership Award on June 2nd.