Event

Columbia Journalism School International Reporting Workshop

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 -
9:00AM to 3:30PM

This day-long workshop on Wednesday, August 13 will provide a basic understanding of what it takes to work abroad as a journalist, how to prepare and develop the skills that will serve you best, especially in the digital age.

Instructors will discuss how best to prepare before traveling abroad, with special emphasis on fundamental reporting ability and cultural literacy; how to navigate as a journalist and report safely in a new foreign environment; cyber security to communicate safely. The afternoon will also cover what you need to know to work as a digital journalist, including the technology you’ll need to meet the fast-breaking needs of editors worldwide.

Workshop organizer and instructor: Vanessa Gezari holds the James Madison Visiting Professorship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she taught narrative nonfiction and war reporting at the University of Michigan. A 2012 Knight-Wallace Fellow, she has received grants from the Pulitzer Center and the Fund for Investigative Journalism, an International Reporting Project fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony writing residency. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic, Mother Jones, and Columbia Journalism Review.

Pulitzer Center managing director Nathalie Applewhite and senior producer Steve Sapienza will be presenting on travel funding options through the Center. They will also discuss the Pulitzer Center's mission to bring international reporting to new audiences through e-books.

Schedule:
9:00-9:30am Introduction and overview: International reporting now
The rise of freelancing
Changing risks on the ground
Professional reporting vs. citizen journalism/activism
Fast news/slow news: telling great stories in the age of blogs and using the web to your advantage

9:30-10:30am First Things
Setting out: Finding a base, research, training, language skills
Trip planning, logistics, safety and health
Developing cultural literacy
Covering conflict: risks and rewards
Small group workshop: International story ideas
Group presentations and editorial critique

10:30-11:30am Making It Pay
Getting buy-in from your news organization
Grants and fellowships
Crowd funding: the story of Deca
Small group workshop: pitching and selling
Presentations and critique

11:30am-12:00pm General Q&A

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:00pm Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Presentation
Travel funding and digital media experimentation: e-books, blogging, etc.
Talk/panel and Q&A

2:00-3:00pm Anup Kaphle, Digital Foreign Editor, The Washington Post
WorldViews vs. the foreign desk: new platforms, new stories
Talk and Q&A

3:00-3:30pm Closing remarks and final thoughts from attendees

Registration closes at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

This event was organized by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a nonprofit professional and educational organization with over 1,700 members in 21 chapters across the United States and in Asia.

Platinum AAJA Members: Platinum Members may register for free. Please email samanthac@aaja.org to receive a promo code.

Visit the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets to this event. Regular tickets are $50.00 and student tickets may be purchased for $10.00.

Wednesday, August 13
9:00am-3:30pm
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Meeting Room 13
999 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001