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.

Below is the DRAFT Agenda. The position of some speakers is subject to changeClick here to see the Parallel Sessions.

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

  • Photographs of the U.S.-Mexico border by Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Don Bartletti.
  • 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 imprisoned for her work at Standing Rock last year), along with one more speaker TBD. 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 CIR Welcome and introductions
9-10am Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer winner. 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 The Impact of Russian Disinformation in Eastern Europe. Introduced by Alexey Gorbachev.
10:30-11 Networking Break
11-12 Arbana Xharra (Kosovo), Courtney Radsch (CPJ), and Jason Rezaian (Washington Post). The Journalism of Persecution. Moderated by Janet Steele.
12-1:20 Lunch and Networking
1:25-2:20 Hannah Allam (Buzzfeed), Jenni Monet (Indigenous Freelance Journalist), and another Panelist TBD. Women Global Journalists: Ensuring Diversity and Combatting Harassment. Moderated by Elisa Lees Muñoz.
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 Azam Ahmed (New York Times) and a Mexican Journalist TBD Journalism at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Moderated by Simon Romero (New York Times).
10:45-11:15 Networking Break
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 Edward R. Murrow Fellows — Panel. All speakers TBD and announced late November. Misinformation, Lies, and Fake News: A Global Perspective. 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 CIR Housekeeping
9:00-10:00 Phill Casaus (SF New Mexican), D’Val Westphal 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. Moderator TBD.
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. Moderated by Molly Molloy.


 3:45  Conference Close