Event

Multimedia Journalist Emily Kassie: Reporting on the Global Migration Crisis

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Migrants eat a meager meal of beans before making the dangerous trek into the Saharan desert and on to Libya. Image by Emily Kassie. Niger, 2016.

Migrants eat a meager meal of beans before making the dangerous trek into the Saharan desert and on to Libya. Image by Emily Kassie. Niger, 2016.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:00AM to Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 1:00PM

Award-winning multimedia journalist Emily Kassie discusses her Pulitzer Center-supported reporting on the economic impact of the global migration crisis during her two-day visit to Westchester Community College. 

Kassie's visit on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, includes conversations with the Viking Newspaper staff and with classes on documentary video and news reporting. On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Kassie meets with classes focused on multimedia journalism and journalism and democracy.

The Pulitzer Center-supported reporting by Kassie and journalist Malia Politzer culminated in "The 21st Century Gold Rush: How the Refugee Crisis is Changing the World Economy," an expansive interactive project on Huffington Post's Highline. The project, which includes motion graphics, video and stories from Niger, Italy, Turkey and Germany, received several awards including the 2017 Overseas Press Club award for Best Digital Reporting on International Affairs. Politzer and Kassie exposed the vast network of businesses, criminals, bureaucrats, and “low-flying vultures” who seek to exploit the tragedy of the global migration crisis for financial gain.

Said the OPC judges: “The reporters charted fresh territory in a well-traversed international issue by digging deeply into those who have profited from the refugee crisis.”

Westchester Community College is one of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium partners.