Good People: Interview with AP reporter Victoria Milko

Victoria Milko has reported from health clinics in rural Bangladesh, protests in the streets of Myanmar, and refugee camps in Thailand. She joins Kelsey & Jay from her apartment in Jakarta to discuss the global impact of COVID-19, the importance of journalism in today’s society, and her path to becoming a Southeast Asia-based science reporter for The Associated Press.

Show notes

Topics we talked about with Victoria:

– COVID-19 impact in developing countries
– Life in Jakarta during the global pandemic
– Reporting on genocide and mass graves
– Impact of reporting on traumatic events
– Family’s refugee history and impact on her career
– Dream of being a foreign correspondent and how she reached that dream
– Living and reporting in Myanmar
– Rise and fall of Aung San Suu Kyi
– Facebook’s impact fanning flames of genocide in Myanmar
– Importance of journalism during time of “fake” news
– Importance of representation and diverse voices in media
– Challenge women face being a foreign correspondent
– Where she gets her news
– Advice for students interested in becoming a global correspondent

Topics: Jay and I discussed:

– COVID-19 and isolation
– Jojo Rabbit & The Joker
– resource to find a career that makes a difference: 80000hours.org

 
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