Journalist Lisa Ling had strong words of rebuke for the current state of the U.S. news media--and an inspiring message of hope for the thousands of educators attending this year's Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin Feb. 4.

"There aren't enough people telling the world's stories," said Ling, who has traveled the globe as a correspondent for National Geographic and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She urged conference attendees to help open their students' eyes to the world around them.

Ling got her start in journalism at age 18 working for Channel One, which sparked controversy because it showed ads to...

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