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FREELANCERS: Between Headlines and Hope

American University School of Communication

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

FREELANCERS: Between Headlines and Hope

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General Admission Feb 27, 2019 Free  
Student Admission Feb 27, 2019 Free  
Alumni Admission Feb 27, 2019 Free  

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Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Program
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater
American University School of Communication
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


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Free, but reservations recommended. Seating on a first come, first served basis.
A small reception with light fare will precede the program at 6:30 p.m.

FREELANCERS: Between Headlines and Hope is a 90-minute encounter between media creators, disseminators and consumers exploring ways to support and to protect freelance journalists working overseas.

The event features the partnership between the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and American University's School of Communication. In recent years, this partnership has supported international reporting fellowships by AU students traveling to Thailand, Mexico, Borneo, Laos, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. The event is moderated by SOC Professor Bill Gentile.

Our encounter begins with a brief video featuring clips from documentary films and other works produced by former AU students. We also share clips shot in Mexico during production of the documentary series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile, about the new breed of freelance foreign correspondents filling the void left by mainstream media retreating from news coverage abroad.

Some of the student authors of the works will be present to engage with the audience.

The Pulitzer Center's vast network of freelance foreign correspondents and American University's School of Communication help the public understand the complex and sometimes dangerous work of journalism – and the rationale of the devoted men and women who dedicate their lives to their craft. By doing so, they undermine the baseless but dangerous accusations of "fake news" and "enemy of the people" increasingly levelled against them by dictators and despots around the world.

The Pulitzer Center and the SOC are part of a movement of nonprofits and media outlets supporting those men and women in the field. This movement also includes A Culture of Safety (ACOS Alliance), the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Groundtruth Project, the Dart Center, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Sebastian Junger's Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), and the Rory Peck Trust.

The encounter ends with a Q&A and brainstorming session on how the AU-Pulitzer Center partnership, as well as those groups and individuals at the event, can further the mutual goal of supporting and protecting freelance journalists working overseas.

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American University School of Communication
4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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