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News Team 11 November 2014 2 118
Paula Slier remains in Donetsk, Ukraine, where the fighting has come to the city centre with rockets destroying "soft targets" and killing civilians. At Moscow's RT headquarters, Ilya Petrenko, a broadcast journalist, shows us his work space - the news room - and together with his colleagues, Thabang Motsei and Elena Panova, elaborates on what makes a good broadcast journalist.
Harry Fear goes to Beit Hanoun, a city on the northeast border of the Gaza Strip, to investigate the shelling of a UN school there. He is joined by British activist Rina Andolini who is pursuing a humanitarian mission. Unfortunately, Harry is not joined by his translator, making a dangerous trip even harder.
Conflicts rage both in the world and in the hearts of RT reporters. Paula Slier heads to the West Bank. She explains how her inner nice person clashes with her as a journalist expecting violence. Thabang Motsei is torn between her love of clothes and her pity for animals as she visits a fur factory in Siberia.
RT correspondents Aleksey Yaroshevsky and Paula Slier return to two of the world’s biggest conflict zones, but this time during a calmer period. Aleksey is in post-coup Kiev, reflecting on the most violent days of the conflict. Meanwhile, Paula visits the West Bank to film the now already routine protests against the Israeli wall.
Murad Gazdiev’s Arctic Sea adventure takes him to Kotelny Island, where he films Russian marine battle exercises and takes a flight in a helicopter. Paula Slier, meanwhile, gets an invitation from Ukrainian anti-government fighters to witness a launch of Grad missiles.
Although they are very different, they share one thing in common: commitment to their profession. The show explores RT correspondents' challenging daily work in global hotspots and conflict zones, as well as at the heart of show business and fashion industry. ‘News team’ goes behind the scenes to see how they interview top figures on the global stage, while juggling their private life and a career that keeps the correspondents on their toes 365 days a year.
In this episode, Thabang Motsei and Maria Finoshina try to overcome the absence of their significant others, whose support they need with such a difficult job. Paula Slier tries to find out what contradictions Israeli politicians have in their attitudes towards EU-Israeli relations.
In Berlin, Peter Oliver is having fun reporting on some of Germany’s more bizarre laws. Meanwhile, Paula Slier leaves Israel, where she covered protests against the bombing of Gaza, for Ukraine in hopes of getting to Donetsk and reporting on the current situation there.
Aleksey Yaroshevsky joins the RT team in New York. After a long, tedious journey, he’s happy to settle in a small but cosy rented apartment and goes meet his new "family". Roman Kosarev talks about the dangers of reporting from Ukraine as one of RT's stringers goes missing there.
In Beslan, Bricio Segovia returns to the "City of Angels" to attend the memorial ceremony commemorating those who died in a school siege 10 years ago. In London, Harry Fear works on his report on NATO. He explains the writing process and various ways of making a news package.