ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
In an effort to expand thinking, share knowledge and seek solutions, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication together with the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at UW-Madison invite students, faculty, staff and community members to “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting.”
Scheduled over two days and hosted at UW-Madison’s state-of-the-art Discovery Building, the conference features award-winning, professional human rights reporters, organized into two keynote presentations and five thematic panels. Each panel includes three experienced reporters who will discuss various challenges they have faced in the process of narrativizing their encounters with people from disparate ethnic, racial, national, religious, and gendered backgrounds. Some panelists will also talk about their experiences trying to share stories of their own cultures with audiences based in other parts of the world.
Join us for two days of thought-provoking discussion. Attendance is free and open to the public, and a modest breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration required.
View a full schedule of events here.
MEET THE KEYNOTES
Conference keynote speakers include Lulu Garcia-Navarro (top), host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
Garcia-Navarro is scheduled to speak Friday morning, Feb. 9, followed by Coronel's address on Saturday, Feb. 10.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM
It is no secret that governments around the world censor news, imprison editors, and shut down media—both literally and figuratively.
How does this censorship unfold? Why? And what can journalists do to thrive in seemingly adverse environments?
ETHICS IN REPRESENTATION
How do journalists represent sources whose ethnicities, races, nations, religions and genders are different from their own? How do these decisions affect audience interpretation? How can reporters do better?
SAFETY IN THE FIELD
Some storytelling has risks.
What precautions can journalists take on risky assignments? Are there necessary risks? And how do reporters make that decision?