As the media operations officer for my unit, keeping an eye as to what’s going on in the world is important.
Actually, I spend a lot of time watching the news at work. I spend about an equal amount of time reading news stories posted on the web.
As you can see in the photo, we have a monitor wall where several news channels are always on. From right to left, we watch CNN International, Al-Jazeera English, BBC Arabic, and Al-Jazeera Arabic. Further down the wall is Al-Arabiya TV. Yet another monitor shows a selection of news channels including Fox, MSNBC and CNN.
I’ve spent a greater part of this week setting up a major media event for later this month. That has given me the opportunity to network with some major players in the western media. Mostly, we try to engage the Pan-Arab media, so talking to CNN, Associated Press and Reuters is a real change of pace.
I know this is going to be a huge event because when we told the general which organizations would be attending, it was the first time I thought he looked scared of something. He took a breath, and we moved on.
I’m apparently not afraid of the media. Earlier this week, I was in every major newspaper in America based on a statement I gave to both AP and AFP.