Journalism under Fire: Daily Agenda

Over three days, the conference will address the following major themes:

  • Day Zero (December 4): Grand Opening: Justice for Journalists under Fire
  • Day One (December 5): Freedom of the Press, Fake News, Persecution, and Exile
  • Day Two (December 6): Journalism in Mexico, at the US-Mexico Border, and Around the World – featuring exchange circles with the 54 visiting international journalists.
  • Day Three (December 7): Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation and Change.

Click here to see the Parallel SessionsDownload the Conference Booklet here (with agenda and bios).

The conference will also feature major visual exhibitions. These include:

  • Photographs of the U.S.-Mexico border by Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Don Bartletti and Santa Fe’s own Morgan Smith.
  • Political cartoons by Ann Telnaes (the Washington Post), KAL (the Economist), Nikahang Kowsar (exiled Iranian political cartoonist), and Ricardo Caté (the Santa Fe New Mexican)
  • A virtual reality simulation – Blindfold – where the viewer becomes a journalist interrogated in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons.
  • A postcard-writing campaign staged by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Participants can compose postcards to imprisoned journalists around the world.

Day Zero: Tuesday, December 4: Conference Grand Opening

Justice for Journalists under Fire

The Conference will officially open at 6pm at the Convention Center on Tuesday, December 4th. Following an hour of viewing the visual exhibitions, and networking with a cash bar in the grand lobby, we’ll gather in the plenary to listen to the mayor of Santa Fe, Alan Webber, open the conference and then an opening song from the New Mexico Peace Choir. Following this will be an incisive panel entitled Justice for Journalists under FireThis session will feature Jason Rezaian (The Washington Post; imprisoned in Iran for 544 days), Courtney Radsch (The Committee to Protect Journalists), Jenni Monet (freelance reporter from New Mexico, persecuted and jailed for her work at Standing Rock last year), and Hannah Allam (BuzzFeed). How can countries and the global community bring the killers of journalists to justice? According to CPJ’s recent Global Impunity Index, “In the past decade, at least 324 journalists have been silenced through murder worldwide and in 85 percent of these cases, no perpetrators have been convicted…It is an emboldening message to those who seek to censor and control the media through violence.”

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Day One: Wednesday, December 5: Freedom of the Press, Fake News, Persecution, and Exile

Time Speaker Topic
8:45 Chuck Case (CIR), Nani Detti (CIR College Fellow) Welcome and Introductions
9-10am Dana Priest. The Washington Post From President Putin to the Santa Fe New Mexican: How Global Censorship Affects Your Life. Introduced by Valerie Plame
10-10:30 Olga Yurkova, founder of Four years of Fighting Fakes: what can we learn from Ukraine? Introduced by Alex Gorbachev.
10:30-11 Networking Break
11-12 Arbana Xharra (Kosovo), Courtney Radsch (CPJ), and Jason Rezaian (Washington Post). Security, Persecution, and Exile. Moderated by Janet Steele.
12-1:20 Lunch and Networking
1:25-2:20 Hannah Allam (IWMF Board of Directors and BuzzFeed), Jenni Monet (Indigenous Freelance Journalist), and Ann Cooper (Columbia University School of Journalism). Challenges for Women Journalists around the Globe: from Ensuring Diversity to Combatting Harassment. Moderated by Nadine Hoffman (IWMF).
2:25-3:15 Parallel Sessions 1
3:15-3:30 Networking Break
3:30-4:15 Parallel Sessions 2
4:20-5:10 Ann Telnaes (Washington Post), KAL (the Economist, Baltimore Sun). How Political Cartoons are the Litmus of a Free Press. Introduced by Nikahang Kowsar.
5:30 VIP Reception – Santa Fe New Mexican. By Invitation Only.

Day 2: Thursday, December 6: From Journalism in Mexico to Journalism Around the Globe

Time Speaker Topic
8:45 CIR Housekeeping
9-10:00 Alfredo Corchado (Dallas Morning News) and Angela Kocherga (ABQ Journal) Covering the Border: a Political Piñata. Moderated by Lauren Villagran (Searchlight NM).
10-10:45 Dudley Althaus (ex-WSJ) and Simon Romero (New York Times) Journalism in Mexico and Beyond:  Reflections of Two American Journalists. Moderated by Mary-Charlotte Domandi.
10:45-11:15 Networking Break featuring a Video Call in with Photojournalist Jika González, embedded with the Migrant Caravan
11:15-12:30 Don Bartletti The U.S.-Mexico Border from Tijuana to Brownsville: from 1979 to 2018.
12:30-1:45 Networking Lunch
1:45-3:45 Citizen Exchange Circles – small group exchanges with international journalists. Facilitated by Global Ties U.S.
3:45-4:00 Networking Break
4-5:00 Olga Yurkova, Arbana Xharra, Janet Steele Addressing Shared Global Challenges in Journalism: The Value of Exchanges. Moderated by Katherine Brown, Global Ties U.S.
5:30-7:00 CPJ-hosted Reception at Hotel Santa Fe. Open to all Conference Participants

Day 3: Friday, December 7: The State of Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation, and Change 

Time Speaker Topic
8:45 Susan Boe Housekeeping and an introduction to the day’s themes
9:00-10:00 Phill Casaus (SF New Mexican), D’Val Westphal (ABQ Journal), Julie Ann Grimm (SF Reporter) Local Journalism in New Mexico: Challenges, Opportunities. Moderated by Sarah Gustavus
10:00 – 10:50 Bob Trapp (Rio Grande Sun), Brienne Green (Artesia Daily Press), and Staci Matlock (Taos News) Community Newspapers & Resilience. Moderated by Sherry Robinson
10:50-11:15 Networking Break
11:15 – 12:00 Tim Archuleta (Gannett Newspapers), Trip Jennings (New Mexico In Depth) and Rob Dean (Searchlight NM). Innovative Financial Models for Local Journalism. Moderated by Susan Boe.
12:00 – 12:45 Conroy Chino, Antonia Gonzalez, and Mary Hudetz Coverage of Native American Issues: from the National to the Local.
12:45-1:45 Networking Lunch
1:45-2:40 Parallel Sessions 3
2:45-3:00 Networking Break
3:00 – 3:45 Ann Cooper (Columbia University School of Journalism) and Mike Marcotte (UNM). A Look to the Future. Educating the Next Generation of Journalists: Towards a New Paradigm in a Time of Tumult.


 3:45  Conference Close