“Every once in a while your path crosses paths with history”- Luis Sinco
I just watched this series of videos done by photojournalists from the LA Times, depicting their journeys during the Iraq War. They spoke about the importance of documenting and humanizing the war, the role of [photo]journalists and why civilians’ stories need to be told.
It was a sobering series of videos that renewed my love for journalism and made me remember why I became a journalist in the first place— to document history and make sure people know what has happened.
Sometimes its easy for you to forget the passion and love you have for something because it fades into the background, being toppled by the daily routines of a job.
My dream has been to become a journalist to document the progress and abuses occurring globally, specifically when it relates to human rights. Everyone should be guaranteed basic human rights, but not everyone has that luxury. Some are deprived of the basic right to adequate sanitation, education, food, water and health care; others are trafficked to a foreign country. These abuses all play a role in global poverty and need to be brought to the forefront so changes can be made.
That is why I became a journalist. I wanted to use my journalist skills to shed light on human rights abuses, much like Nicholas Kristof. And while I have not forgotten this ultimate goal— it has always been a driving force in my life— I sometimes lose sight of the importance of journalists. But the videos from the LA Times reminded me just how important the role of a journalist can be; the role we have in documenting history and exposing the truth.