On journalism as witness / by Alice Su

Two weeks ago, the Pulitzer Center asked me to speak briefly at the National Press Club for their student fellows on why crisis journalism is meaningful, albeit difficult. "Make it personal," they said. They didn't know that I'd been wrestling with this question for months, trying to face the mental health impact of engaging with trauma and suffering nonstop without losing a sense of purpose and grounding. I'm thankful because articulating all this helped me to figure out why it's worthwhile to keep going and to keep our eyes open.