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Addario Discussion Questions #2


Addario Discussion Questions #2

  1. Add to your list of personal qualities that helped Addario to become a better photojournalist. Give examples from her words and her life that demonstrate those qualities. Why do those qualities make her a better journalist? What did she learn was needed to get people to open their doors to her?


  1. Discuss Addario’s statement about “geopolitics” in which she says that the media becomes fixated on one area of the world and pays no attention to other areas until something like 9/11 takes place. Relate this to Islam.


  1. Addario talks about the “giant filing cabinet in her mind.” How does she utilize this filing cabinet?


  1. Addario has said that she is not an adrenaline junkie. Yet as she waited near the border of Iraq for the U.S. invasion, she said that she “loved being close to the center.” Other times she said that she felt unsettled watching news happen on TV and she felt that she was in the wrong place. Assuming all statements are true, how would you explain these contradictory feelings?


  1. She described her job near the border of Iraq as an assignment to “cover the mood in Pakistan before the war.” She needed compelling images to coordinate with the written stories. How is this like an assignment for a feature article?


  1. How were journalists treated? She had always assumed that as a reporter she was safe and would be treated as “a neutral observer.” Was this realistic? Why or why not?


  1. What did she learn about death when she was in Iraq? What did she say?


  1. How was she able to use her gender as an advantage in her work? Give specific examples.


  1. How was her gender a disadvantage in her work? Give specific examples. What did she have to learn to do to stay safe while street reporting?


  1. What was the significance of her access to and her long conversations with Islamic women before and after 9/11? What did she learn from them? How did they feel about 9/11?


  1. She experienced open hatred of the U.S. after 9/11. What did Addario hope to communicate to readers about this?


  1. She talks about dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions about Islamic women. How did she try to do this through her work?


  1. She talks about packing away her political beliefs and instead acting as “a messenger and conduit of ideas for the people I photographed.” What does she mean and why is this important for journalists?


  1. Did her personal life or her career dictate her choices about where to live, how to live and what risks to take? Discuss your answer and provide supporting examples.


  1. How did she feel after a great day of shooting photos after Baghdad fell to the U.S. soldiers? What does this tell you?


  1. Why is it important to spend time getting to know your subject before interviewing and photographing, according to Addario? Discuss.


  1. Addario said that life in a war zone felt more normal to her that the routine life lived back in the U.S. How did she handle this lifestyle? What did she mean when she said she lost her sense of fear? Why did this happen? Was she willing to die for her work? Why or why not?


  1. What was the media censorship that Addario experienced at the hands of the U.S. troops in Iraq? Why did it occur?
  2. What did Addario learn in Africa that is important for journalists to learn about covering heartbreaking stories and tragedies? How did she treat her subjects? Discuss. Why should journalists cover these things? How does she convey beauty in war?
  3. What role does competition play in photojournalism? How does competition between photojournalists for the best shot influence Addario’s work?
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