Just over three years ago, David Carr, media columnist of The New York Times, bearded the online youth network Vice News by deriding its coverage of a filthy beach in war-torn Liberia.
“Before you ever went there, we’ve had reporters there reporting on genocide after genocide. Just because you put on a fucking safari helmet and looked at some poop doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do,” he said in response to criticism by Vice’s Shane Smith of the NYT’s coverage.
Since then Vice’s foreign reporting has grown ever bolder. Medyan Dairieh’s remarkable new footage after being embedded with Isis militants in Syria scooped traditional media and follows Vice’s brave reporting in Ukraine.
Its new status will be recognised at Edinburgh, where Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice’s head of news programming for Europe, will discuss the future of breaking news alongside senior executives from the BBC, Sky News and ITV.