What happens when journalists become the story

Journalists often stand, correctly and confidently, behind the maxim that they want to tell stories – rather than be the story. 

But when Pittsburgh journalists Kim Palmiero and Carmen Gentile saw a tragedy unfolding as Afghanistan’s government collapsed in August, they responded to the news by getting involved. They worked to help journalist Zubair Babakarkhail and his family leave the country, and now they are helping them settle in Pittsburgh. 

The publishers of Postindustrial magazine had hoped to raise $10,000 for Zubair, but ended up with four times that amount. Now they are helping other Afghan families become American through Team Zubair. You can read more about this story here

While it’s not our role to become the story, some situations require all of us to do more. If you want to help Palmiero and Gentile, you can find out more about their fundraising effort here.

Read my full story about Zubair and Postindustrial here.