Journalism under Fire

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WHEN: December 5-7, 2018

WHERE: Santa Fe Convention Center

TICKETS: There are various ticket options – for the entire summit or a la carte sessions; for New Mexico journalists; for journalism students etc. Registration opens August 24, 2018.

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations in December to explore the essential connections between journalism and democracy – between truth and power. In concert with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), the Santa Fe New Mexican, and various regional and local partners, the Journalism Under Fire media summit will offer up world-class speakers, journalists, and case studies exploring press freedoms and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media – from the global to the local, from cyberspace to campus newsrooms. Alongside cutting-edge intellectual dialogue will be photojournalist exhibits, political cartoons (and cartoonists), workshops, advocacy campaigns, a virtual reality simulation, music, film, and food. With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, Journalism Under Fire will bring together some extraordinary thought – and action – leaders.


We’ll make announcements on a monthly basis of speakers as they’re confirmed.

  • Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from the Washington Post. She’ll speak on “From Putin to the Santa Fe New Mexican: How Global Censorship Affects your Life”

    Olga Yurkova, TED Fellow
  • Olga Yurkova, a Ukrainian journalist, TED Fellow, and cofounder of, an independent Ukrainian organization that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda and misinformation in the media. Watch her TED talk here.
  • Azam Ahmed, Bureau Chief for Mexico and Central America, New York Times.
  • Arbana Xharra, Kosovan investigative journalist, persecuted for her work on corruption and religion in the Balkans. Recipient of a 2015 US Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award.
  • Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist from the Washington Post.
  • Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), political cartoonist for the Baltimore Sun and the Economist.
  • Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian political cartoonist now living in exile.
  • Jason Rezaian, Washington Post reporter imprisoned for 544 days in Iran.
  • Alfredo Corchado, Mexico City Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News.
  • Angela Kocherga, Border/Southern New Mexico Correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal.
  • Janet Steele, associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. She spoke to CIR in February of 2018 on Journalism and
    Arbana Xharra


  • Simon Romero, National Correspondent, New York Times, covering immigration and Latin American issues.
  • Ron Haviv. Decorated photojournalist.
  • Valerie Plame. Former career covert CIA operations officer.
  • Cecilia Bailli. Freelance journalist at the US – Mexico border.

Through our partnership with the U.S. Department of State, we’re also thrilled to announce that 50 journalists from around the world will join the event as Edward R. Murrow Fellows. On Day 2 of Journalism under Fire, we’ll create dynamic small-group opportunities for journalists from across the globe to connect, exchange, and inspire.

We have also confirmed Martha Mendoza, Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press journalist. She’ll join us on October 25 for a major talk on Seafood from Slaves. While this talk will not be part of the JUF program in December, it will be a fantastic prelude… as will Pulitzer-Prize winning Don Bartletti, here on October 5th to offer a talk and his photographs all along the US-Mexico border.

Valerie Plame

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. Each day will open with a plenary covering the day’s major theme to set the tone, with various parallel sessions exploring specific aspects of the theme.

  • Day One (5 December): Free the Press: Persecution, Fake News, and Accountability
  • Day Two (6 December): From Journalism in Mexico to Journalism around the World
  • Day Three (7 December): The Plight of Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation, and Change

We will also have an opening keynote from a major media figure on Tuesday 4 December, and a closing keynote from a comedian on Friday 7 December. Stay tuned for details! Subscribe to our JUF Newsletter right here, and we’ll send you regular updates.