key words in the whole plan: political journalism, foreign correspondent, international
I would like to work at China Daily. (At the moment China Daily is mainly for print and website.)
As an international student of journalism, my bilingualism is an advantage for me. Naturally, I want to make good use of it when choosing a job. Besides, due to family reasons, there is a high probability that I will join a career from my own country after graduation. From both perspectives, China Daily, which was founded in 1981 and is the only national English-language daily newspaper in China, was the most suitable choice.
China Daily has a rich pool of people to work with. As an international newspaper brand, China Daily has a team of innovative English news staff, including many English-speaking foreign editors, which gives me a different working experience and broadens my horizons.
China Daily is a young newspaper, which means it has a lot of room for improvement, but with internationalisation being a big trend today, there is plenty of room for growth.
Combining the above conditions, I think China Daily is a great place for me to work, both in terms of my ability to develop and my personal interests.
One of the journalists I really admire is British journalist Christina Lamb, one of the most remarkable foreign correspondents in my opinion. Like all war correspondents, Lamb is brave and great, writing about important events in Africa and the Middle East in a way that brings the gory history to a wider audience and gives them more attention. Her writing is vivid and her reporting is objective yet heartfelt and emotional.
I was deeply impressed by Lamb’s coverage of Boko Haram that published on THE SUNDAY TIMES in 2016.
This feature, A fight for the soul of the world, is a well-structured and thoughtful discussion of the series of brutal events unleashed by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram in Nigeria. The main subject of the article is the Chibok girls’ case. Although it has attracted worldwide attention, the case is not well resolved in the end. Lastly, the journalist does not go in a larger direction, but returns to the personal level, concluding with the voices of the victims’ families, deepening the theme – the call for humanity.
By analysing the article, it is clear that Lamb put considerable effort into it – extensive background interviews with experts, long hours of interviewing and digging in Nigeria, areas of high terrorist activity. There is no denying that creating this story required interviewing skills, the skill of uncovering important points of entry, the skill of collating large amounts of journalistic material and the skill of writing a long form story.
Lamb had an in-depth conversation on Boko Haram with Dr Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventry Cathedral who has spent several years negotiating with the terrorists. They discuss the biggest mystery of the event, they talk about how money and politics were the main reasons why the mob wreaked so much havoc in Africa’s richest and most populous country, and they denounce the corruption in every aspect of the world as the perpetrators of these girls. These are the main elements that support the article’s point.
Lamb spoke to several victims or families of victims. For instance, Ruqaya, a girl victim who was forced to marry a terrorist at the age of 13 and became pregnant, escaped and then was not accepted by her community for various reasons. Through these interviews, the reader is revealed the suffering of people in real war zones.
Thus, the sources in the story are expert, ordinary, and official spokesmen (e.g. the military spokesman of Buhari’s new government), all of whom are on the record. In addition, because this was an event of widespread international interest, Lamb used statements by many leaders on the subject, further enhancing the credibility and persuasiveness of the story. As a foreign correspondent, Lamb has read a great deal of books on the historical background of the event. She has an in-depth knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nigeria and in the world, as well as a keen understanding of the changing trends. Furthermore, the story mentions that people speak different languages in different parts of Nigeria. As she has contact with these people, I assume she also works with fixers there.
The structure of the story is one of the most charming aspects. Rather than the standard form of journalism, Lamb’s piece has a unique style that is carefully crafted. It leads from the individual’s perspective to the group’s suffering and into the main events, then traces the root of the tragedy and finally returns to the individual’s perspective. The structure is logical, reflecting the journalist’s clear thinking and making it easier for the reader to understand the whole story and empathise with it.
Apart from this, I think the use of contrasting details is the hallmark of Lamb’s writing. When she writes about the grief and anxiety of Esther Yakubu, the mother of a victimised girl, she also refers to her daughter’s “love of fashion and singing”. A beautiful but never-fulfilled dream adds to the cruelty of an already bloody truth, deepening the condemnation and hatred of the forces of terror.The article is worth reading in depth for its use of personal details to touch people’s hearts without losing the factual objectivity expected of war coverage.