Journalism under Fire

In December 2018, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations staged the inaugural Journalism under Fire. Due to the great success of the event, we now plan on staging it every year. This page serves as an archive documenting the event; all pages related to this initial conference can be found here.

Here is the The Santa Fe Statement on Journalism under Fire, a record of the event’s themes and recommended actions. Here are the opening Remarks from the Mayor of Santa Fe, Alan Webber. The City of Santa Fe was an invaluable partner throughout.

Over 4-7 December 2018, Journalism under Fire explored the essential connections between journalism and democracy through 79 speakers, 51 visiting international journalists (48 through the US Department of State and 3 from Arizona State University), political cartoon and border photograph exhibits, the New Mexico Peace Choira Student Newsroom, and a virtual reality simulation. With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, 2018’s Journalism Under Fire created unique learning and networking opportunities among extraordinary journalists, thought leaders, students, and the engaged public.

Sandy, CIR's ED, addressing the Opening Night crowd, with the NM Peace Choir just behind.
Jason Rezaian speaking during the Opening Night panel, with Jenni Monet, Hannah Allam, and Courtney Radsch
The Mayor of Santa Fe, Alan Webber, leads a moment of silence for slain and persecuted journalists.
The Opening Night reception
The New Mexico Peace Choir
Olga Yurkova of
The virtual reality simulation, Blindfold, where you become an interrogated journalist in Iran's most notorious prison.
Arbana Xharra, from Kosovo, and Sandy during the Security, Persecution, and Exile panel.
CIR High School Fellow Neha Sadasivan.
International journalists from West Africa on Misinformation in the Media.
International journalists from Europe on Misinformation in the Media.
Dana Priest and Valerie Plame in conversation - The Media and the Intelligence Community
Balint Szalai, Olga Yukova, and David Bodney on the Global Fake News Epidemic
Nikahang Kowsar - exiled Iranian political cartoonist.
KAL (the Economist), Ann Telnaes (WaPo), and Nik Kowsar - on Political Cartoons as the Litmus of a Free Press.

Journalism under Fire 2018: By the Numbers

Ticket Sales

Total Ticket Sales (all ticket types, including Opening Night): 1,194

Number of Three-Day Tickets Sold: 244

Number of Single-Day Tickets Sold: 262

Number of Opening Night Tickets Sold: 688


Opening Night – December 4: 585

Day 1 – December 5: 368

Day 2 – December 6: 310

Day 3 – December 7: 316

Total Student, NM Journalist, Teacher Attendance: 168


Print Media Coverage

JUF earned significant coverage in the print media:

  • December 1st in the Santa Fe New Mexican [interview re upcoming conference]. “Journalists under Fire set to speak in Santa Fe.” Steve Terrell.
  • December 3rd in the Santa Fe New Mexican [editorial]. “Taking journalists out of the line of fire.” Editorial board.
  • December 5th in the Santa Fe New Mexican [article on conference’s first day; published in print on December 6th]. “At Santa Fe conference, journalists describe working while under threat.” Steve Terrell.
  • December 6th in The Washington Post [both online and in print version]. “Journalism under fire: Here, there and everywhere.” Jason Rezaian
  • December 10th in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Reprint of Rezaian’s article [print only].
  • December 12th in the Gallup Independent. “Despite threats, insults, news people still have a job to do.” Sherry Robinson
  • December 22nd. Full page of photographs from VIP Reception on December 5th. Santa Fe New Mexican.


All photos are in our Facebook account:

We also livestreamed many of the speakers; these are also available on Facebook.


Total Number of Plenary Session Speakers: 51

Total Number of Parallel Session Speakers: 38

Total Number of Speakers: 79

Social Media

  • Total CIR staff Twitter posts during conference: 88
  • Total retweets: 138
  • Total “Loves”: 281
  • Total Twitter posts from non-CIR staff with #JUF2018: 117
  • Total retweets: 337
  • Total “Loves”: 1386
  • Total Facebook Live recordings: 13
  • Total Views: 1173
  • Total CIR staff Facebook posts during conference: 10
  • Total Likes: 124
  • Total Reached: 2544


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