Tuesday, July 3, 2012
If Harry Potter and Hermione were magical news makers at the Cauldron News Network, they would look like this.
Who still reads The Daily Prophet? I mean, print is just so old-fashioned. These days you can get your news in real time thanks to the Cauldron Network News.
If that clever Harry Potter and Hermione worked at a 24 hour news channel (beat that Rita Skeeter!) surely they would look to a hair just like John Sutter and Edythe McNamee from CNN.
One look, and you can instantly see that these snappy dressers are clever journalists out to change the world.
Now, I personally know John Sutter from years ago when we worked together at a newspaper in Cape Town and John Sutter visited South Africa from the United States to work a few months as a print journalist. I got to know him as an incredibly hard-working and professional guy. He eventually went back and started working for CNN as a reporter in the digital division.
I was delighted and started laughing when John Sutter and Edythe McNamee suddenly showed up on my television on CNN International (DStv 401). Instantly my first impression - before either even started talking - was: "Oh my word, Harry Potter and Hermione!"
It remains great and funny when my friends appear on television whether it be as news journalists ... or doing infomercials and it was great to see John Sutter and Edythe McNamee sitting together to talk about their journalistic project, and revealing interesting background information about it.
John Sutter and Edythe McNamee, a CNN digital content producer for the original video team at CNN.com, recently travelled to Mauritania to do a documentary for the CNN Freedom Project, Slavery's Last Stronghold.
It's a fascinating, revealing and really well-done documentary about the last place in the world to abolish slavery, but where slavery is in essence still very much practiced and people still "sold" as slaves.
"We had to constantly reassure each other that, "Yes, these are the quotes that we got," and yes this is actually happening there," said Edythe McNamee.
You can watch Mauritania: Slavery's Last Stronghold online now, HERE.