Over 5-7 December 2018, we’ll explore the essential connections between journalism and democracy. Journalism Under Fire will present outstanding speakers and 50 journalists from around the world, here to explore press freedoms and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media. Alongside cutting-edge intellectual dialogue will be prominent exhibits of photographs (exploring 40 years of the US-Mexico border), political cartoons, advocacy campaigns, a virtual reality simulation, a fully-featured Student Newsroom, music, film, and food. With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, Journalism Under Fire will create unique learning and networking opportunities among extraordinary journalists, thought leaders, students, and the engaged public.

WHEN: December 5-7, 2018, with a special Grand Opening Event on December 4th.

WHERE: Santa Fe Community Convention Center

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale nowWe have created multiple tickets for the event, including reduced Coffee-Only Tickets and special subsidized tickets for journalists and students.

PARTNERS: Journalism under Fire is presented in concert with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter, the New Mexico Press Association, and KSFR.

SPONSORS: CIR is proud to present this event with the City of Santa FeGlobal Ties U.S., New Mexico Bank & Trust, StoryWorks Studios, MorningStar of Santa Fe, and several more to be announced shortly. Partial funding for the event was granted by the City of Santa Fe Occupancy Tax.



Download the Conference Booklet here (with agenda and bios).


Olga Yurkova, TED Fellow, founder of Stopfake.org

We have finalized a draft Agenda. Note that small changes will be made to it over the next month, and we’ll finalize the parallel sessions by October 26th. All major speakers will speak on the date as currently stated. There will also be a Grand Opening Event on Tuesday, December 4th at the Convention Center featuring the New Mexico Peace Choir and some of the event’s top speakers.

For the bios of all conference speakers, click here. For a list of all parallel sessions, click hereDownload the Conference Booklet here (with agenda and bios).

  • Day One (December 5): Freedom of the Press, Fake News, Persecution, and Exile.
    • Confirmed speakers: Dana Priest (WaPo), Olga Yurkova (TED Fellow, founder of Stopfake.org), Arbana Xharra (Kosovan investigative journalist), Nikahang Kowsar (exiled Iranian political cartoonist), Courtney Radsch (Advocacy Director, CPJ), Ann Telnaes (WaPo Political Cartoonist), Kevin Kallaugher (Economist political cartoonist), Jenni Monet (Indigenous Freelance Journalist), Hannah Allam (Buzzfeed), Valerie Plame (former CIA covert officer), Janet Steele (George Washington University), and many more.
  • Day Two (December 6): Journalism in Mexico, at the US-Mexico Border, and Around the World – featuring exchange circles with the 52 visiting international journalists.
    • Confirmed speakers: Azam Ahmed (NYT), Alfredo Corchado (Dallas Morning News), Angela Kocherga (ABQ Journal), Lauren Villagran (Searchlight NM),
      Arbana Xharra Kosovan Investigative Journalist

      Don Bartletti (photojournalist, formerly Los Angeles Times), Simon Romero (NYT), Hannah Allam (Buzzfeed News), Jenni Monet, and small exchange circles with the 52 international journalists.

  • Day Three (December 7): Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation and Change.
    • Confirmed speakers: Phill Casaus (SF New Mexican), Bob Trapp (Rio Grande Sun), Brienne Green (Artesia Daily Press), Tim Archuleta (Gannett Company), Trip Jennings (New Mexico In Depth), Antonia Gonzales (National Native News), Conroy Chino, Mary Hudetz, Ann Cooper (Colombia School of Journalism), and Michael Marcotte (UNM School of Communications and Journalism).

Speaker bios available here.

Journalism under Fire is for journalists and media professionals; for students studying these issues or actively working in newsrooms; and for a general public fascinated by the essential interplay between democracy and the fourth estate. Get your tickets today!

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