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SoCJ Hosts WSJ’s Emma Tucker for Annual Colvin Lecture in NYC March 25

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Emma TuckerEmma Tucker, editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, and a panel of distinguished reporters and media professionals will give the annual Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture on Monday, March 25.

“Coping with Crisis: Journalists on the Frontline,” will build on efforts about reporters, mental health and resilience begun by the Stony Brook University School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ) more than a year ago.

The event is hosted by the SoCJ’s Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. For the first time, this year’s conversation will be held at the SUNY Global Center at 116 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022.

“This year’s Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture will be an exceptional event, bringing together an illustrious group of reporters and those who work so hard behind the scenes to help keep those reporters safe,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “As educators, journalists and thought-leaders, it’s so important to have these conversations and to bring people together in these kinds of discussions. Journalism and media have a critical role to play in helping to create a better, safer world, but that can only be accomplished if the reporters themselves are protected and supported.”

The conversation will begin with a panel discussion featuring:

  • Bedel Saget, multimedia editor, The New York Times
  • Louise Callaghan, senior U.S. correspondent, The Times and The Sunday Times
  • Lucy Westcott, emergencies department director, Committee to Protect Journalists 
  • Kate Porterfield, founding member of Journalist Trauma Support Network, Columbia’s Dart Center

A brief reception will follow the panel.

Emma Tucker will deliver the keynote address. During her remarks, she is expected to discuss Evan Gershkovich, a WSJ reporter who was arrested in Russia for his coverage of the war in Ukraine almost exactly one year ago; the mental and emotional toll that reporters often face, both in covering traumatic events and in coping with digital and physical attacks; and how reporters can prepare and advocate for their health in the face of these challenges.

“The physical, mental and emotional problems that reporters face remain as present as they were when Marie was killed 12 years ago,” said Sarah Baxter, director of the Colvin Center and visiting international journalism instructor. “What has changed is that media organizations are becoming more engaged in the impact of trauma on those who are telling the stories that keep us informed. The anniversary of Evan’s arrest in Russia is a particularly critical time to be having these conversations.”

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The SoCJ is sponsoring a bus from Stony Brook to SUNY Global in Manhattan. The bus will leave from the administration loop at noon on Monday, March 25.

For more than a year, Baxter has been hosting conversations and working with students to conduct research about reporters and their mental health. Last year’s Colvin Lecture featured a panel of experts from Amnesty International, the New York Times and SBU’s Renaissance School of Medicine to begin the conversation. In the fall, the center received a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network to create a toolkit to help journalists cope with the mental toll of crisis reporting. When complete, the toolkit will be made available to students and professional journalists, and used to inform and update SoCJ journalism courses. Also in the fall, the Colvin Center hosted a conversation with Jodie Ginsberg of the Committee to Protect Journalists about reporting in Gaza after the Oct. 7 attacks.

The SoCJ was named one of four Solutions Journalism Hub Institutions in 2022, charged with helping to convene journalists, journalism educators and students around an approach to reporting centered around responses to problems, rather than only the problems themselves.

For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be livestreamed.

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