The Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at the School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ) will host a live online panel discussion about the Israel-Hamas War and its impact on journalists at 3 pm Wednesday, December 6.
The event will feature:
- Jodie Ginsberg, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists
- Sarah Baxter, director of the Colvin Center who has previously reported on Hamas in Gaza
It will be moderated by Musa al-Gharbi, assistant professor of journalism and communication.
The conversation will be streamed live on YouTube.
“This war is taking an incredible toll on so many people, including the brave reporters and photographers who are helping the world understand what’s happening,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “We at the School and the Colvin Center believe that it’s important to recognize and discuss the incredible risks that can be part and parcel of the freedoms of the press and expression, and I hope that this conversation helps build understanding and compassion.”
Since the conflict began, journalists have tried to document atrocities and violations of international rules and norms — and to fairly convey the suffering, fears and aspirations of parties on all sides of the struggle between Hamas and Israel — including and especially the perspectives of civilians caught in the crossfire. Many have given their lives in the service of these ends. This event will explore the risks and difficulties journalists face reporting on this conflict, and the international rules and norms that are supposed to protect journalists reporting in conflict zones.
The conversation is a natural outgrowth of a project, funded by the Solutions Journalism Network, to develop a toolkit to help journalists cope with the mental toll of crisis reporting.
Both the conversation and the toolkit further the Colvin Center’s mission to support the education and training of the next generations of foreign correspondents in honor of Marie Colvin, a reporter for London’s Sunday Times who was killed by the Syrian government during the uprising in 2012.