Amjad Atallah of Al Jazeera English, on Reporting in Libya and Their New TV Presence in New York City
Last night, as fighting raged in Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi's son Mohammed was captured live on television by rebel forces, Twitter was abuzz with talk of who was -- and who was not -- covering the news in Libya -- and who was doing it best. There was a newcomer in the midst.
Earlier this month, Al Jazeera English launched its television presence in the New York area, becoming available to approximately two million cable subscribers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey via WRNN's RISE, which is channel 92 on Time Warner Cable. (AJE will also be available via Verizon FiOS, Channel 466.) And last night, Channel 92 was what a lot of New Yorkers seemed to be watching. But while perceptions of the news organization have certainly shifted since 9/11, its management is still working to convince distributors that there is an interest for international news in America, and to debunk remaining stereotypes.
We spoke with Amjad Atallah, bureau chief for the Americas and former co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, who's stationed in D.C., about AJE's recent Libya coverage, the challenges they face, and how he hopes to impact journalism in the U.S.More »