Monday, June 22, 2009
Iran election story demands attention even on vacation
Rosemary Church, CNN anchor, with Rosemary Armao, CNN viewer
I was one of many viewers this weekend watching the surprising and unfolding story of violence over possible voter fraud in Iran. Aside from the story itself involving bravery, death, defiance and politics the way the story was getting out is important to journalism. The country kicked out most professional journalists it had let in for the elections once trouble began but people were telling the news through Twitter and You-Tube. People around the world are turning over their computers to serve as proxies for Iranians thwarting their own government. Not the first time these tools have been used -- but this is the biggest story to death. My friend Barbara says, "I feel like journalism changed overnight." She's not the only one.