Reporting In a More Dangerous World

Presented by: Center for Border & Global Journalism

Thursday, February 26, 2015

6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC) Auditorium 120

1500 E. University Blvd.

University of Arizona Main Campus

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James Foley was a journalist to the core, a young man who believed the way you got the story -- the way you helped to illuminate the dark places of the world -- was to go there and report what you saw.

Last year, he was brutally murdered by ISIS, 21 months after he was kidnapped while reporting as a freelancer inside Syria.

John and Diane Foley, James' parents, will take part in a conversation about their son, his commitment to journalism and what can be done to support journalists covering a world that has become increasingly perilous.

The Foleys will be joined by Terry Anderson, a former Associated Press correspondent who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, and David McCraw, a lawyer with The New York Times who deals with global threats to the press. They will discuss not only what these new realities mean for journalists, but for all of us who rely on a free and independent press to help separate what is true from what is not.

The Foleys have created a fund – the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation – to honor their son’s passion for journalism, and to help support other American journalists reporting from conflict zones.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than 1,100 reporters and media workers have been killed since 1992.  In recent years, most of those victims have been freelancers and local reporters, working for media organizations from Mexico to Afghanistan. Countless others have been taken hostage, imprisoned, beaten or threatened with death, forcing them to abandon assignments and, sometimes, their homes.

The conversation will be moderated by Mort Rosenblum, a longtime foreign correspondent with the Associated Press, and now a professor of practice in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona.  Rosenblum and William Schmidt, the former Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times and also a professor of practice at the journalism school, are co-directors of the Center for Border & Global Journalism.

The program is co-sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, with the generous assistance of the Arizona Inn and The New York Times.

The ILC 120 auditorium is underground and can be reached via stairs or elevators located across from the UA Main Library. The garages closest to ILC 120 are Cherry Avenue Garage and Second Street Garage.

Published Date: 

02/24/2015 - 2:52pm