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Rising Risks of Covering Conflict: Talks @ Pulitzer with Frank Greve, ICWA

Event Date:

June 3, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT
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Kachin Indepedence Army fighters patrol a mountain road near their front line outpost. Image by Jason Motlagh. Burma, 2012.

Please join the Pulitzer Center and the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) on Monday, June 3, for a talks @ pulitzer evening focused on the risks of covering conflict. Veteran Washington journalist Frank Greve is the featured speaker. We will be live-streaming the event with Google Hangout. To view, come back to this page at 6pm; join the conversation by tweeting your questions and comments to @PulitzerCenter. If you don't see the YouTube video above, refresh the page.

Not so many wars ago, journalists enjoyed survival rates envied by troops in trenches. Now, conflicts are too wild and fluid for trenches. Painting "PRESS" on a vehicle is likely to draw fire. Home page demand for updates is exposing more journalists—especially photographers--to more risk. And staff cutbacks are providing lots of work for freelancers eager to face great danger for little pay.

Greve explores why half the journalists ever killed on the job have died since 1992. He asks the questions: Are news organizations doing enough to project their journalists?

Are new and better models of war reporting emerging? Have technological advances helped journalists working in war zones?

Greve's extensive and detailed research on the subject goes all the way back to birth of war photography during the Civil War.

For his recently published work on the journalists covering conflict, please see "Combat Journalism: Is Reporting on Global Conflict Worth the Risk."

Frank Greve spent more than three decades investigating and explaining Washington. Joining The Miami Herald as part of its Washington Bureau, he worked for Knight Ridder and McClatchy newspapers from 1977-2010 mainly as an investigative reporter and assistant national editor. In the process he won a George Polk award for political reporting (on how Ronald Reagan came to propose the Star Wars initiative) and a share of a second Polk award (for coverage of the Iran-Contra Affair).

Join us for a light reception at 5:30 pm, with remarks by Greve and discussion beginning at 6 pm.

Space is limited and RSVP required to [email protected]—specify in subject line: June 3 event. We look forward to seeing you here!

Monday, June 3
Pulitzer Center and ICWA
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036
Closest Metro: Dupont Circle

Remember to RSVP - space is limited!