Amer Taleb - Spring 2013
My first article was a wreck.Sloppy. Boring. Over-sourced. Structurally, it violated every cardinal sin in journalism. I’ve been pretty resilient my entire life, but I have to confess that after being battered with a salvo of criticism from my editor, I felt like capitulating and dissolving all of my reporting dreams.
Of the factors that motivated me to stick with journalism, being able to report on Middle Eastern affairs was near, if not at the top. My father is from Lebanon, I lived there for two years in elementary school and I desperately wanted to make a significant and positive contribution to people across the globe, particularly in the Arab world. Based on my skills and interests, I thought journalism was the best method to accomplish that.
Today I’m a journalism junior from the University of Arizona in Tucson who has worked for almost a dozen outlets in every major medium. I’ve hosted TV and radio segments for Arizona Public Media, blogged for The Nation, called in election results as an AP stringer and have written for the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Daily Wildcat.
The accomplishment that defines me the best is a news blog I started as a freshman about Tucson’s Muslim, Arab and refugee communities. By the time I left for D.C. last week, it was receiving a couple of thousand page views a month, and a print edition was circulating to prisoners throughout Arizona.
I’m honored to be reporting in the political capital of the planet for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, especially when I reflect on how far I’ve come. Simultaneously, I’m humbled by how much I still have to learn and achieve.
My desire to be a story teller, I believe, will carry me to achieve the dreams I was so close to losing just a few years ago. I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity with SHFW, and I intend to make the most of it.
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