Muchas veces me han preguntado qué es el periodismo. Nunca he tenido una gran respuesta. Pero a partir de ahora, cuando alguien haga en voz alta esa pregunta, ya sé qué decir. Qué es, qué debería ser, qué quiero que sea el periodismo. Mi trabajo. Nuestro oficio.

En pocas palabras. En el tono exacto. En la boca de alguien que lo comprende bien, pese a sus errores. Un discurso breve de James Nachtwey, de Time, aceptando el premio a toda una vida de la American Society of Magazine Editors. Es complicado explicarlo mejor.

El vídeo (no logró que funcione el embed) lo podéis ver aquí.

Hay tanto que destacar que podría entrecomillar el discurso completo. Me llega poco después de ver imágenes tan terribles y duras como las que llegan desde Nuba. Tras las imágenes durísimos del piloto jordano, que creo que todos deberíamos ver.

“We’re the point people, the first link with reality in a collaborative, journalistic chain. Each of us is a single mind, a single sensibility – one pair of eyes and one pair of ears – one heart – moving through the real world in real time, to tell the stories of what happens to people, one-by-one, at the sharp end of history. We navigate dangers, endure hardships and get our hearts broken by what we witness, over and over again, because we believe that peoples’ opinions matter – that our society cannot function properly without the information we provide and without the stories we tell”.

“We question the powerful. We hold decision-makers accountable. The chain we help forge links the people we encounter in the field to millions of other individual minds and sensibilities. And once mass consciousness evolves into a shared sense of conscience, change becomes not only possible; it becomes inevitable“.

“It’s a continuous struggle, never-ending, and we must always remain in the fight. The people whose stories we tell have not given up hope, even in the most dire circumstances. Why should anyone else give up hope for them? Millions of readers care about what happens in our world because we give them something to care about“.

Es optimista, es idílico, es puro sueño americano, es aaronsorkinista. Lo es. Y así debe de ser. El mundo lo cambian los que quieren cambiarlo. Nos sobra pesimismo, nos sobran gurús, nos sobran cínicos, nos sobran manuales.

Lo dijo el reverendo King: “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change”.

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