A) The New York Times has an article by Dennis Rosen, M.D. titled Without His Mother’s Milk, a Haitian Boy is Lost. The story was very heartfelt to me because Haitian women don’t breast-feed their babies because they believe in “bad milk” — “lèt gate,” in Creole. As Rosen explains it is one of the main reasons for the premature stopping of breast-feeding in Haiti, often with deadly consequences for the infant deprived of safe and dependable nourishment. This story really caught my attention and so I wanted to interview someone on this to get their opinion, particularly someone in the medical field/social worker.
My goal is to draw attention to the problem of malnutrition in Haiti and what it is doing to the babies. I didn’t have any reporting challenges except to find someone to interview.
B) I prepared the lady I am interviewing by giving her the article and some questions that I want to ask. I met the goals I wanted to because I like this topic better than my original one on Donald Trump potentially running for president in 2012. I learned that being a reporter is very challenging and time consuming, with all the tools you have to use to edit the interview to make it sound interesting. If I had a chance to redo this assignment, I would have looked for a better editing tool than audacity.