By Marcy Lopez / Contributing Writer
Jerusalem journalist Etgar Lefkovits said Tuesday, Feb. 24, that his field is “thrilling and I love it.”
Speaking to the Journalism 20 newswriting class, he explained he has been a military correspondent for the Israeli army, a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and has worked for the New York Times.
Lefkovits now visits colleges and universities and makes presentations on foreign affairs, media, the Middle East and current events. He studied literature and said he loved it, but, “I have always had an interest in journalism, it is my passion.” Lefkovits is informed on many Middle East topics, including the moderate and extremist camps. In the extremist camp, Iran and Syria are included. Lefkovits said, “Bad guys stick together. Their fingerprints can be found on any terror in the Middle East.” He also said, “I like to call Syria the Grand Central Station of terror.”
Since Lefkovits spoke to a classroom filled with journalism students, he said that what makes a good journalist is a reporter who can get the human interest side to a story, “Someone who can go beyond,” he said.
The students asked many questions about politics, the Holocaust, the dangers of covering violence and U.S. involvement in the region.
Even though the media has associated the Middle East with terrorism, Lefkovits spoke about many of the positive things going on there such as archaeological findings.
He also said how despite the violence, tourism has increased. Lefkovits said, “History repeats itself. You can’t ignore history. You have to learn from history.”