What lessons did you learn over those long years at CNN, because you became such an iconic face and many black girls (and boys) looked up to you as a symbol of success in the male-dominated if not white-washed western media. What advice do you have for them? Like many other things in life, the lessons I learnt are both about the good and the bad. This is not an indictment of CNN, but one of the lessons I learnt is that in any news organisation, especially when it comes to a large corporation like this, the news is set by a small number of people who when it comes down to it, finally decide what makes it to the screen, what makes it to the page. I think eventually it becomes hard to reconcile with that in alignment with the stories you want to tell.
I would also like to say that with the democratisation of the media these days, through social media, everyone and anyone is able to kind of take to the page or be able to broadcast. This is an interesting thing to take note of, and there is no reason why in a big media organisation a small number of people should be deciding the news agenda.
These people should take advantage of the new landscape, because anyone can set out, record and be an observer of what they actually see in the world.
I don’t mean everyone is or should be a journalist, not at all. What I am saying is, we live in interesting times where the power does not solely lie with the big organisations or publications. A one man or woman citizen journalist can also play an important role in shaping the news today.
I therefore personally thought my agenda and role as a journalist at CNN was not in alignment with where the network is at the moment, and I had to do something about it. I stopped enjoying what I used to do and did not want to do it anymore.
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