More women than men graduate in media studies. They don’t know how to find a fixer; they don’t know about weaponry; they don’t know where is safe, where is not safe – they just want to prove themselves.
You see a gorgeous woman on your screens in a flak jacket, and it’s almost like entertainment.
I think the big news organizations, the UPI, AP, Reuters, and the ‘Sunday Times’ – do take their training seriously. And I think they do only send experienced correspondents with proper insurance and proper training. And they don’t force them to go where they don’t want to go.
When I was ten, I caught glandular fever and had to have a year off school. My parents arranged for a tutor to keep me on track with my studies.