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No stories worth your life

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It is no doubt that a journalist should report the real facts, however the Chairman of Thomson Reuters China also reminds people that “there are no stories worth your life.”

David Schlesinger has been the Chairman of Thomson Reuters China since February 2011, and he was appointed to this role after four years as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News at Thomson Reuters. When he attended the General Assembly in Hong Kong Shue Yan University, he stressed that staying safe is a prerequisite for skilled reporters.

David stated that as a professional journalist, one of the rules is that you should be everywhere. This means you have to get to the scene of events as soon as something happens but you should not stay in the office and wait for news to come to you. Therefore, China, one of the most attractive countries to reporters, is an important place to go and conduct interviews. However, as it known to all, access to sensitive information is restricted by Chinese government, David thought journalists working in China should be absolutely sure about the facts and the safety of the situations they find themselves in, in case of any possible dangers.

David thought journalism in china is a journey, from closing to slowly opening. This journey has still not reaching the end, so problems are still present as well. But more and more journalists in China start to report the real facts, which is an improvement. But no matter what, David let students remember that “No story is worth your life.”

--095006 2012年3月27日 (二) 23:59 (UTC)


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Seeking the truth, even devoting oneself to journalism is praised and taught normally in society nowadays. However the Chairman of Thomson Reuters China reminds reporters that “there are no stories worth your life.”

David Schlesinger has been the Chairman of Thomson Reuters China since February 2011, and was appointed to this role after four years as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News at Thomson Reuters. When he attended the General Assembly in Hong Kong Shue Yan University today, he said protecting themselves is a prerequisite for skilled reporters.

Schlesinger said that as a professional journalist, one of the rules is “be everywhere”. This means you need to visit other places to experience and interview the local people for news stories, and get to the scene of events as soon as something happens. Therefore, China, one of the most attractive countries to reporters, is an important place to go.

However, as it known to all, it’s restricted by Chinese government to access to sensitive information in China. And some people who wrote daring stories even are sent to prison. Schlesinger thought journalists working in China should be absolutely sure about the facts and safety of the situations they find themselves in, in case of any possible dangers. Also, protecting the sources is one of the rules for journalists as well. So reporters should pay attention to their interviewees’ safety at times.

Schlesinger thought journalism in China seems like a journey to “freedom”, but it has still not reached the end, and problems are still present as well. But more and more journalists in China start to report the real facts, which is an improvement. But no matter what, Schlesinger let students remember that “No story worth your life.”

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