How Nick Clooney’s past of unapologetic journalism should carbon copy and inspire today’s reporters.

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There is a lot to say about a journalist who is not fearful of work that is murderous yet spine-tingling all at the same time. As Nick Clooney marks his name as one of the most illustrious reporters to date, it’s a fair choice to want to take a bird’s eye view of how his work propels into today’s society.

Darfur, a district in western Sudan has tight policies of entry for journalists and peacekeepers. In retrospect, it makes sense when you’re light jogging through information about the crisis that has occurred. To keep it brief Darfur is one of the homes to mass genocide killing in this case towards Darfur women, men and children. This, of course, would spark high interest to the already humanitarian Nick Clooney and his world-wide in demand son, George Clooney. How does this all link together? The father and son duo produced a documentary creating awareness in regards to the killings. “A Journey to Darfur” arose when Nick and George Clooney were having a conversation about the lack of stories on the front page and planned on ways to create that change. The killings began in 2003, The United Nations reported that 300,000 people were killed admits the genocide.  Clooney and his son went unannounced, without any trace of the press, no escorts or security for refuge. The only extra man on hand was their personal friend and cameraman Mike Herron. In 2008 the film became reachable on DVD noted the proceeds from the sale would be donated to the International Rescue Committee to help those in Darfur.

At a ‘conversation’ in our motherland of Toronto, Clooney was accompanied by his daughter-in-law barrister, Amal Clooney. Nick spoke on how he believes the world is becoming hard hitting and not safe for journalists. According to statistics, 47 journalists were killed in the first half of 2018. But with a fan base that Nick Clooney has created of journalists, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt that he has produced stalwart pupils.

Nick Clooney also spoke at an event called “In Search for Darfur” in 2006. Beth Barnes who is the director of The School of Journalism” quickly told the packed guest and newsroom – “This shows how we underestimated the popularity of this topic” proving great journalism and activism has no boundaries of capacity.

Continuing the colloquy of being a public-spirited wolf, The Clooney’s sponsored Hazim Avdal – an Iraqi refugee who had to flee his native land when Isis attacked. The family is providing Hazim prime education where he studies computer science at The University of Chicago.

This wouldn’t also be the first of Nick Clooney creating maverick journalism and being an original anchorman that is still noted to this date. In 1977 The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate Kentucky is still recorded as the third deadliest nightclub fires in US History. As noted as one of Clooney’s most popular segments, his coverage on the fire is still known to publications 40 years later. Throughout his career without a fight, he swopped in like an eagle taking #1 spot in local news with WKRC-TV under his wing.

From running as a Democrat in the 2004 election for a seat in the House of Representatives to being an activist, Nick Clooney without a swipe of social media is a living force that there is nothing greater than human interests stories that are not just relatable to produce as a journalist but those that live for the thrill of a fast heartbeat.

 

photo courtesy of: ABC News // protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.

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