|English | Español||February 24, 2017 | Issue #67|
The great experience of community
At the School of Authentic Journalism the relationships between journalism, nonviolence and social justice was invaluable
By Aran Shetterly
Aran Shetterly, a graduate of the 2014 School of Authentic Journalism
The technical coaching at the School of Authentic Journalism was helpful, but for me the chance to take a step back and think and talk about the relationships between journalism, nonviolence and social justice was invaluable.
There were several things that made the experience particularly rewarding:
● First, that we were not expected to be “militantes” and toe a particular line;
● Second, the focus on technique, tactics and quality rather than ideology;
● Third, the precedent established quickly for open and complex “true” storytelling;
● Fourth, the expectation that the beautiful setting, good food and drink, and camaraderie, were meant to produce pleasure;
● Fifth, that this pleasure was not meant to erase the hard things in the world, but rather to help us think about them and renew ourselves to face them;
● And, sixth, the smart, open, big‐hearted people – profesores y becarios – invited to participate.
All of these together cooked up a great experience of community, an experience that continues to take shape inside me.
I have no doubt that this experience is affecting my choices and actions going forward and the depth with which I try to represent the world in my writing.
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism