Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | January 8, 2009

From blogger to intrepid audio diarist for the BBC

I’ll be the first one to admit that I probably don’t have as much self-confidence as I should, so when I discovered a particular email in my inbox two days ago, the first thing I did (after turning to my husband and telling him in a shaky voice about the email’s contents), I forwarded it to Lisa to ask if it was real.

“Yup, it’s for real,” she said. “Go for it!”

So I did.

For the next week or so, I’ll be filing a series of audio diary entries for a BBC World Service radio show called “The World Today“. I’ve been asked to record two to three-minute entries about life against the backdrop of the situation down south, to talk about what Israelis are thinking and feeling, etc. My first diary entry was broadcast last night/early this morning, and my second one is currently sitting in an inbox in London, waiting to be aired on one of tomorrow’s shows.

BBC World Service has launched a webpage with a number of links to different Israel-Gaza-related stories, and if you scroll down under Wednesday January 7th, you should see my name, with a link to my entry as well as a link to this blog. My entry is followed by a response provided by Gazan business consultant Sami Abdel Shafi, who I hope is managing to keep safe through all of this madness.

I don’t see any place on the World Service webpage (which I imagine will be published everyday) where people can leave comments, so feel free to leave them here (just make sure you understand the rules…) . I’ll post more links as I get them.

Watch this space…


Update: If you leave a comment, please be gentle! This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this before, so I’m not going to sound like a seasoned news reporter.

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  1. That is amazing! Kol hakavod, Liza!

  2. Liza, could you please try to speak more clearly? I felt you were mumbling a bit.

    Good that they are giving us some air time.

  3. Sounds great to me!
    You’re in some fine company on that BBC page!

  4. The first two posts were wonderful! I think you really caught on and found your voice in the second one! So glad that it is being shared world wide… it’s a wonderful voice sharing important insight!!!

    Proud of you, Liza!:-)

  5. Nice one, dear. Goodonya.

  6. Hi, Liza! Thanks for the link to my blog–I really appreciate it. And congratulations on the new gig! I look forward to hearing your reports–I think they’ll be fantastic. I’ll be sure to check back.

    Wendi Aarons

  7. Liza, this is fantastic! What an opportunity. I really connected with your second broadcast.

    Kol HaKavod!


  8. Liza, I wanted to say I saw your blog linked in Lisa’s post, which I found thru Sandmonkey. Whew.

    Then to see this, wow! Good on ya!!!

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