I was staggered by the lack of local female reporters in our bureau, which is the world’s largest news company. We had 15 Afghan staff working for us. As a result, covering women’s stories, especially for multimedia, was incredibly difficult. Men can’t interview most ordinary women in Afghanistan, so we were missing a huge part of the story.
This week, we want to make sure journopreneur Amie Ferris-Rotman is on your radar.
Amie is a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford, where she is developing a much-needed training, mentoring and publishing program for female Afghan journalists.
She began her career in journalism in her native London in 2005 as a business reporter. In 2006, she joined Reuters where she spent five years in the Moscow bureau as an energy reporter and political correspondent, and more recently, in Afghanistan as a senior correspondent.
She has a B.A. and M.A. in Russian Studies (she’s also fluent) from University College London. She has reported from 10 countries, from over 30 datelines.
Also, fun-fact: Amie presides over an ever-growing rock and mineral collection that has been expanded since she was seven…
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