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Cultivating New Voices Event Held at Berkman Center

Event Date:

July 11, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT
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Austin East Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required via the Berkman Center by July 8 at 12pm

Reception to follow

The Berkman Center will host a conversation about the challenges of reporting international stories to US and global audiences. In an age of shrinking news budgets, American newspapers and broadcasters are producing less original reporting of international stories. And while gripping events like the Arab Spring capture the attention of the public, many important international stories fail to garner widespread attention. The challenges for international reporting are both ones of supply (who reports the news from around the world?) and demand (who pays attention?).

This conversation was inspired by Berkman Fellow Persephone Miel, whose work focused on how compelling narrative and context for international stories could make unfamiliar international news more accessible to American and global audiences. Her efforts to support and promote talented local, non-US journalists whose work has the potential for global impact, but who need to overcome significant obstacles to succeed, are continued through a fellowship established in her honor by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in partnership with Internews.

Journalists Fatima Tlisova (Voice of America) and Pulitzer Prize winner Dele Olojede will join Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center/Global Voices), Colin Maclay (Berkman Center), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices), Jon Sawyer (Pulitzer Center) and the Miel family for a discussion and reflection on these questions, and on Persephones work and the journalistic values she championed.

For more information, see the Berkman Center website.