|English | Español||September 21, 2017 | Issue #67|
The School makes investigation possible in a way that is dynamic and fresh.
The School offers a rudimentary field experience for helping young writers and reporters to break through stereotypical reporting
By Mary Elizabeth King
Mary King during a plenary session of the 2013 School of Authentic Journalism
Original thinking is rare in commercial media for many reasons, including the fact that encouragement for inventiveness is offered in a minimalist, circumscribed sense. At the School a high premium is placed on resourcefulness and ingenuity in probing critically important issues, including interrogating what makes for constructive nonviolent social and political change.
Within the safe enclave created by the School, intense sharing within interactive sessions among participants and faculty enables experimentation, testing, growth, and a secure place for new ideas, as well as the questioning and challenging of old notions.
It is no accident that Gandhi recommended that every campaign begin with “investigation.” The School makes investigation possible in a way that is dynamic and fresh.
Certainly the best discussion of reporting on women and violence in which I have participated in sixteen years of teaching gender and peacebuilding at the graduate level occurred at the School in 2013; it is worth noting that half the participants in the two-session discussion were male.
I am pleased to encourage your support, in part because I have the impression that the experience at the School is often transformational for the individuals involved, in the sense of altering perceptions and stimulating personal growth.
Mary Elizabeth King, Ph.D.
Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism