Her Story. Are we giving non-white women journalists enough agency to report on the stories they believe in?

2018-04-14 14:00:00 2018-04-14 15:15:00 Europe/Rome Her Story. Are we giving non-white women journalists enough agency to report on the stories they believe in? #ijf18 L'esperienza di donne giornaliste che non sono bianche europee o americane e che sono trattate in modo molto diverso dalle loro controparti bianche. "Come giornalista che lavorava per media europei e americani, ero costretta a coprire storie che non mi interessavano. Spesso lavoravo a storie personali sull'essere una donna musulmana o sull'essere Pakistan. Storie interessanti sull'arte, la cultura o la politica in Pakistan mi sono state rifiutate, mentre venivano seguite dai giornalisti bianchi "stagionati" sulle scrivanie della redazione: mentre vivevo e scrivevo da Berlino, se proponevo una storia sull'arte alternativa nella città, o sulle autorità di immigrazione tedesche, mi veniva detto che quelle storie non erano così interessanti come le storie sulla vita in Pakistan. Eppure non vivevo più in Pakistan da molti anni, né mi interessava l'Asia Meridionale. Ma un giornalista, in particolare un giornalista freelance, ha bisogno di mangiare e pagare l'affitto. I miei colleghi europei bianchi, tuttavia, non sembravano avere questi problemi: volavano in Bahrein o in Belgio per coprire qualunque storia il loro cuore desiderasse. Come giornalista, ho scritto molte di queste storie nella speranza di poter un giorno trattare storie diverse da quelle percepite come mie. Alla fine, mi sono stancata e sono tornata in Pakistan, nella mia città natale. "Hani Yousuf Il panel affronterà la questione delle donne di origini non-bianche che si sentono costrette a raccontare storie non necessariamente loro, ma che sono percepite come tali da chi ha una prospettiva prevalentemente occidentale. Palazzo Sorbello - Perugia

#UsToo | in English (without translation)

  • 14:00 - 15:15   saturday 14/04/2018

Palazzo Sorbello

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
International Business Times
Minelle Mahtani
University of Toronto
Cigdem Toprak
freelance journalist
Hani Yousuf
freelance journalist

Her Story will be a panel on the experience of women journalists who are not white European or American, and who are treated very differently from their white counterparts.

“As a woman journalist working for European and American media, I was forced to report on stories I had no interest in. More often than not, I worked on personal stories about being Muslim and a woman or being Pakistani and a woman. Even more interesting stories about art, culture or politics in Pakistan was denied me, those being done by the seasoned white male reporters on the newspapers editorial desks. While living and reporting from Berlin, if I proposed a story on alternative art in Berlin or the state of the German immigration authorities, I was told that those stories weren’t as interesting as stories about life in Pakistan. Interestingly, I hadn’t lived in Pakistan for many years. Neither was South Asia a beat I was interested in. But a journalist, especially a freelance reporter, had to eat and pay rent. My white European colleagues didn’t seem to have these issues. They were flying to Bahrain or Belgium and reported on whatever their hearts desired. As a journalist, I did many of these stories in the hopes of one day being able to sell stories other those perceived to be my stories. Eventually, I got tired and moved back to Pakistan, to my hometown.” Hani Yousuf

This panel will tackle the issue of women of non-white background who feel compelled to tell stories that aren’t necessarily theirs but which are perceived by those with a primarily Western perspective to be theirs.











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