Journalism under Fire

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WHEN: December 5-7, 2018

WHERE: Santa Fe Convention Center and other venues

TICKETS: There are various ticket options – for the entire summit or a la carte sessions; for students etc. All details TBD.

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), 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, virtual reality games, music, film, and food. With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, Journalism Under Fire will bring together some extraordinary thought – and action – leaders.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: 

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”
  • 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.
  • Janet Steele, associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. She spoke to CIR in February of 2018 on Journalism and Islam.

We have also confirmed Martha Mendoza, Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press journalist. She’ll join us on either October 25 or 26 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…

The Summit 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): Drugs, Murder, and News Holes: Journalism in Mexico and at the Border 
  • 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.

CIR has to date secured partial funding for the Summit, and will host several fundraising events in the lead up to December. We are actively seeking additional financial contributions to the Summit; these will directly cover the travel expenses of journalists to Santa Fe, thereby creating a vibrant spirit of exchange among professionals working in very different – and yet very similar – contexts. Interested? Read this document and/or contact Sandy for more.