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In the Newsroom

October 17, 2008
Covering more than just the big stories

Anchor Martin Savidge reports from Worldfocus’s newsroom in New York.

What you see and what you get.

From the outset, when Worldfocus was just an idea, we talked about wanting to bring viewers more than just the big stories of the day.

We wanted to deliver a view of the world Americans hadn’t seen before. Not just places but perspectives and different points of view.

Sometimes, even the most frequently reported story can benefit from a new pair of reporter’s eyes.

I think our signature series this week on 21st century Africa really nailed that concept. There are so many old stereotypes about Africa.

Ask most Americans about their idea of Africa and the answers range from the constant chaos of famine and war to a nonstop backdrop for “Animal Planet.”

Thanks to the insightful reporting of Martin Seemungal and the producing of Yuval Lion, we saw different images of Africa — life in a growing middle class neighborhood, how cell phones are transforming everyday businesses, as well as China’s rising influence across Africa.

Another story we ran this week, which you may not have seen before — at least, we hadn’t — included the cholera outbreak in Iraq, as reported by Syrian Satellite TV.

This was a two-fer in my book — it was a story unknown here in the U.S., and then there was the perspective of Syria itself, which refers to the American presence in Iraq as an “occupation.”

Seeing what is happening in Iraq beyond just bullets and bombs is important.

Even more so, hearing how America’s efforts are portrayed to millions in the Middle East brings new insight.

When we wonder why people in the Arab world despise the American presence, we need only understand the message they are hearing.

A new view brings new understanding. It’s what we’ll always strive to bring.

— Martin Savidge

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