From a reporter and mother

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am


Kristie Lu Stout, Hong Kong-based anchor of CNN International, discusses her perspective from the newsroom and as a parent.

'These are very tumultuous times. In the past few months, we have seen all-out war in Libya, acute famine in the Horn of Africa, and a horrifying quake and tsunami that wiped out entire communities in Japan. It is my duty as a journalist to chronicle these events while considering their graphic nature. At CNN, newsworthiness is a major determining factor in the decision to air graphic content. If we need to fix the world's attention on a social ill or natural disaster, we will. But we will do so with integrity and sensitivity.

'The news programme I anchor on CNN International, News Stream, airs from 8pm to 9pm in Hong Kong; it's not a prime viewing hour for young children. That said, if and when we air sensitive material, I will preface it with an emphatic warning. That should provide a clear signal to parents.

'I am a parent to a toddler, who is far too young to be viewing such content. But when she becomes a young adult, I look forward to watching and discussing current events with her. Why does poverty persist when there is economic growth and development? How can senseless acts of terror be prevented? Why is there conflict? These are questions I hope my daughter will venture to ask as a teenager.

As a parent and as a journalist, I owe her the best explanation possible.