1. I don’t think of it as graphic. Other people have used that word and we took a lot of criticism for that front page picture. That picture that Tyler took in the early days of the famine we put above the fold very prominently on the front page of The New York Times and a lot of people said, ‘It’s graphic, it’s too disturbing, it’s sensitive.’ And our point was, ‘It’s supposed to be disturbing. What’s happening is disturbing.’ Is it graphic? Graphic almost [means] a gratuitous sensationalist approach to depicting something. We didn’t feel that. We weren’t trying to exaggerate or be especially dramatic. Our approach was to be very nonjudgmental – not so much understatement, but just be very straightforward.

    — Jeffrey Gettleman on the photograph that Tyler Hicks took of the dying child in Somalia [complete interview here]

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    tyler hicks

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    new york times

  1. There’s a bullseye on my head when I step into Somalia, wherever I am. People have been kidnapped and killed. Westerners have been taken hostage. I’m going into this area – and putting myself in danger and so is the photographer – and the paper supports us doing that because we feel that this is important, this is part of our job and we have an opportunity as journalists to make a difference.

    — Jeffrey Gettleman covers Somalia for The New York Times. On today’s Fresh Air, he explains what he’s seen and why he keeps going back.

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    somalia

    new york times

    journalism

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    newsweek:

Ethiopians rout terrorist group Al-Shabab out of Somalia, leaving locals grateful, but occupied. 

Tomorrow: New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman talks about his reporting from Somalia. He was the first to report that the Islamist group Shabab had prevented starving people from leaving the country. This week, he’ll be honored with a George Polk Award. View in High-Res

    newsweek:

    Ethiopians rout terrorist group Al-Shabab out of Somalia, leaving locals grateful, but occupied

    Tomorrow: New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman talks about his reporting from Somalia. He was the first to report that the Islamist group Shabab had prevented starving people from leaving the country. This week, he’ll be honored with a George Polk Award.

  2. Jeffrey Gettleman

    somalia

    new york times