A Name Heard Around the World: Malala Yousafzai

By Cheyanne Reyome

Around the world there are a handful of names that are known no matter the cultural divides, language barriers or lack of media outlets. The name Malala Yousafzai is an example of one of those names.

The BBC wrote a profile story on Malala Yousafzai a little over two years after her story of being shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting an education was being told on media outlets all over the world.

This story did a phenomenal job of creating a time line which detailed her time as a young school girl to a now international activists for the education of girls and Nobel Peace Prize winner. This article is one of BBC’s significant profile piece and it is an article that I read when it first came out over two years ago in 2014. I believe it is an important story for everyone to hear because education regardless of gender is something everyone should help advocate for.

This specific article is a great piece of journalism because the article didn’t just put together events and explain what they meant, they went into detail about the mission Malala has and how she plans of accomplishing it even in the midst of the adversity she is facing. This article also provides abundant background information to support claims made by Malala.

I personally find like this piece because there is a very strong human element to the way they reported her story. Some profile pieces can sound like a list of facts and accomplishments but, this piece was really able to capture Malala’s strength, personality, and mission.

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