This week, the correspondents of Metropolis will explore the media in their country. We’ll follow local news hunters all over the world as they set out to find leads and stories. What is considered newsworthy and the way to bring this seems to be different everywhere.
Most of the journalists we’ve protrayed all represent their local media culture. In Nicaragua for instance, we meet a radio reporter who races around town bent on being the first to bring people the bloodiest news about traffic accidents, live and on-the-scene.
In Indonesia, belief in and interest for the supernatural is widespread, and that’s how reporter Agus makes his living: he goes around town interviewing ghosts for the local news source for the supernatural: “Misteri”-magazine.
In China we found a blogger who calls himself Tiger Temple and who functions on the edges of Chinese press censorship, and in New York we meet a Russian reporter who fled the censorship of the Soviet Union to become a reporter on crime in the large Russian immigrant population in the Big Apple. In Lebanon we see the other side of censorship, where we follow a reporter working for the Hamas-sponsored TV station Al-Manar.