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It’s a balmy 68 degrees in Alexandria…

February 16, 2010

Alexandria, Egypt

Why am I in Egypt?

I was invited, along with 39 other journalists from the United States, Europe, Asia & The Middle East to discuss the ever changing landscape that is journalism. We were asked to have an open and honest dialogue, the backdrop, the Ancient Library of Alexandria now the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Simply put, I traveled 6,ooo plus miles, including a 4 hour layover in London, to learn.

I started learning as soon as I agreed to be part of the conference co-sponsored by the United Nations and the ICFJ, or the International Center for Journalists.

As Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, and narrow-mindedness”

I came to learn.

Learn from my fellow journalists from the East.

Learn a different perspective, a different point of view.

Learn how to better utilize the many citizen journalists, Bloggers and list server’s that are at our literal fingertips.

Learn how many others hopes & dreams are hinged on The United State’s hopes & dreams.

I learned that our viewers and readers of are invaluable.

They are important resources for that little nugget of information that turns into a compelling story, a story that everyone can relate to, a story that we as journalists are obliged to address.

The type of story you don’t get from a press release.

The all-important viewers that U- streamed the Blizzard of 2010 that was in their backyards, or told us that their streets hadn’t been plowed and asked us to hold the powerful accountable.

I learned that we are extremely lucky to have the freedoms, especially Freedom of the press that we do. A lot of people don’t share in that freedom.

Some would argue that by simply travelling in itself, getting out of your comfort zone and seeing how the rest of the world lives, you’re learning.

I would agree.

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