A meeting with Robert Fisk

 

On Monday the 1st of December some lucky Fifth and Transition Years with an interest in history got the chance of a lifetime to meet world renowned, Middle East correspondent Dr Robert Fisk. Fisk holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent and has been voted British International Journalist of the Year award seven times.

Transition Year students with Robert Fisk

Transition Year students with Robert Fisk

An extremely intelligent man Robert cut his teeth as a journalist reporting on the troubles in Northern Ireland. He now resides in Beirut Lebanon and puts his life on the line to report news from various war fronts. He sees the world differently to most people; he always strives to report the truth no matter how controversial it might be. He said “Journalists should be unbiased on the side of the suffering.”

He has reported from all over the world. He gave every budding journalist in the room plenty to think about. One piece of advice he gave was to make sure you have an editor that backs you. After the talk three of our Transition Years John Beecher, Shane O’Sullivan and Alison Keogh got the chance to speak to Fisk one-on-one for a short amount of time. It was an experience to last a lifetime and made everybody think about the world’s future.

Gearóid Murphy and Alison Keogh

 

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