Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 02, 2016 in Blog
The AAI spring interns visited Al Jazeera English’s studios in Washington, DC. While there, the interns watched a live taping of their online show, “The Stream.” Interns got the opportunity to see what goes into producing a live web show and witnessed the many people and different moving parts it takes to make the show run smoothly. It was extremely interesting gaining insight into this, especially since none of the interns had ever seen “behind the scenes” of television production. Interns also got to meet some AAI Alumni currently working at Al Jazeera English. They also toured the building and saw where journalist, Mehdi Hasan records his segment, UpFront for Al Jazeera English.
Al Jazeera English focuses on people and the events that impact their lives by covering topics that would otherwise go unreported. They report all sides of the story, lending a “voice to the voiceless.” They strive to gain their viewers’ trust by keeping them informed, inspired and entertained. "The Stream" works to do the same, bringing stories that would typically go unnoticed to the spotlight, like the arresting of an Indian student on sedition charges or the rise in Asian-American protests surrounding an on-duty Asian-American cop who shot an unarmed African American man. "The Stream" also strives to be “a social media community with its own daily TV show on Al Jazeera English.” Femi Oke, the host, was born in London to Nigerian parents and has been a fan of "The Stream" since its conception. She works on-screen with Malika Bilal, the show's digital producer, who found her way to "The Stream" via Qatar.
The episode we watched covered the Armenian earthquake that struck in 1988 and the families still living in “temporary” housing, 27 years later. This issue was brought to “The Stream’s” attention through Armenian photographer Hayk Barseghyan, a local who grew up in this temporary housing. He took photos of families living in the same situation as him and his family, living within the earthquake zone in the city of Gyumri, a city still suffering from the aftermath of the 1988 earthquake. Different local and international organizations are working to help either build or educate those living in these houses.
Overall, being able to see the inner workings of a live show firsthand, was such a treat. I think the AAI interns will definitely keep this experience in mind as they continue watching "The Stream."