Turning Away

Friday, April 22, 2011


Fighting in Libya is ongoing and worsening. Countless civilians have been killed. Four journalists have died, two this week. In Japan questions abound in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Yet, media interest in these international stories has waned. Brooke talks with PEJ’s Mark Jurkowitz and journalist Steve Coll about media and public attention spans. Then reporter Anthony Shadid and photojournalist Lynsey Addario discuss how dangerous conditions in Libya are a major impediment to covering the conflict.

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Comments [5]

Angelica Harvey

In this podcast, this issue of coverage of major stories and issues in the news is discussed. People often get tired of hearing the same story over and over in the news and therefore stop caring about it after a while. This to me is really sad; just because you have forgotten about it or have grown tired of hearing about it doesn’t mean the issue isn’t there. An example of this is what is going on in Libya right now. Many journalists have died doing their job out there just to get a story and if people are no longer watching the news or reading about these stories it makes it almost pointless. I think society takes for granted or underestimates the lengths that some reporters have to go in order to get a story. People only seem to be concerned with an issue when it is a crisis or right in front of them, but over time coverage and importance of the issue dwindles. Not really much can be done because no one really wants to hear the same thing time and time again, but I do believe that if there is a major issue that it should be covered. People should actively get involved in trying to solve it if at all possible and not just be concerned about it for a moment then “toss it” to the side.

Apr. 27 2011 04:55 PM
Travion Mallette from Southeast Raleigh

Many civilians have been endangered in Libya and journalists endangered. Obviously, journalists ought not to be singled out. They tend to be by the media. Do you think that may change the coverage?

Apr. 27 2011 08:05 AM
tim from austin

seems to me that any news that could be even remotely bad news or showing horrid decision making by our current president disappears quickly. perhaps that is the clue you should look at.

Apr. 24 2011 10:44 AM
Jack Armstrong

Hello, I would like to comment on why I am less interested in international news. Your announcers sound like young people. I am almost 60 and have heard years of "tradgedy on tap" on radio. I am weary of daily doses of truely sad and depressing events that I can do nothing about. Sure, I sent money to Haiti after the earthquake and the same for flooding in Pakistan. But the negative banging gongs and clashing cymbals have worn me out. God bless all people in need and in pain. I now listen to more BBC because they are not US-centric and have a stimulating variety of programmes that are interesting but not depression. I also read the local weekly Gazzette paper for local events. Sincerely,

Apr. 23 2011 06:37 PM
Randi Gallagher from nh, usa

Please investigate missing journalists from Globe Post, Boston, Ma. Journalist John Foley from NH is among them and as far as I know has not been heard from April 7(?); he and a few others from that paper were taken captive in Libya. Many have been looking for any news about these brave journalists....THANKYOU for all of your news and everything else that you have on NPR; I have been a loyal listener for many, many years. Thanks for your time.

Apr. 23 2011 03:39 PM

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