This January, satirical newspaper magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two Islamist terrorists resulting in the death of 12 lives. It is the deadliest attack of it’s kind in post-war France. Former Nashville Scene editor, Liz Garrigan who works and lives in Paris, France was two blocks away from the attacks. Ensworth High School French and Journalism students had a wonderful opportunity to Skype interview Ms. Garrigan and get a first-hand account of the attacks. Students were able to ask Ms. Garrigan questions on how it has affected the journalism community and also the city of Paris. There were insightful discussions on how Muslims don’t speak with one voice, no religion speaks with just one voice. Students experienced a first hand account of the aftermath of these attacks and how it has changed a city.
“I think that this is a new reality for France. People who are typically distant in the public domain are more approachable. This attack has brought together a city, and really opened the door to a myriad of viewpoints on the converge of this event,” said Ms. Garrigan.