TELEVISION: HOT NEWS IN CLASS

CHANNEL ONE HAS DRAWN FIRE FOR BRINGING COMMERCIALS INTO SCHOOL. THE SURPRISE IS THAT IT HAS BROUGHT JOURNALISM AS WELL

Compared with most of her classmates at the University of Southern California, Lisa Ling had an exciting vacation last summer. While others were waiting tables or sunning at the beach, the 22-year-old senior was interviewing the Dalai Lama in his palace of exile in Dharmsala, India. She also spent time in Tibet, where she was arrested for posing as a tourist, but not before smuggling out four hours of contraband video. In Algeria she traveled with an armed escort, and in Iran she was threatened with detention. And she still got back in time for the start of classes in September.

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