Malala Yousafzai Stands Up for Us All
by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
There are a couple of old saws that I was taught as a young journalist, which I continue to pass on to my media studies students now.
And another: one powerful human interest story is worth a million statistics.
We saw both of these principles in action with the news of Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls “one of the world’s most persuasive advocates for girls’ education.”
Everyone probably knows by now of how the Taliban viciously shot Malala in the neck as punishment for her outspoken insistence that girls should be allowed — and indeed, encouraged — to go to school, just like boys. (more…)