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Confirmed Sessions

The below sessions are confirmed, though subject to change. Tickets for all events, including our All-Conference Pass, are available here.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Journalism under Fire: Grand Opening Event

5:30 - 7:00pm MST

At this formal launch of the conference, we'll feature:

  • Dana Priest (The Washington Post): Reflections on Three Years of Journalism under Fire

  • The Mayor of Santa Fe, Alan Webber

  • Eliza Gilkyson performing

  • Nick Kristof (The New York Times) and Sheryl WuDunn (author) in a moderated discussion with Dana Priest

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Clarissa Ward

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Clarissa Ward (CNN), David Rohde, (The New Yorker), Ignacio Delgado Culebras (CPJ). Introductory remarks from Marc and Debra Tice, with Patrick Talamantes.

Journalists in Crisis: Missing not Forgotten

10:00am - 11:30am MST

Journalists around the world are persecuted, harassed, and even kidnapped for their work. In this panel, we'll hear about Austin Tice's disappearance in Syria in 2012 (alongside renewed US efforts to free him), about David Rohde's own kidnapping experience in Afghanistan in 2008, and about the global community's extraordinary efforts to highlight, protect, and save journalists.

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Malachy Browne

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Malachy Browne (The New York Times) on

Discovering Crisis: Russian Bombs in Syria

1pm - 2pm MST

Malachy will take us through a fascinating digital forensics journey to show how his team - the Visual Investigations Unit at the NYT - used various open-source data to discover Russia's destabilizing influence in Syria.

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EJ Dionne Jr

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020

EJ Dionne Jr (The Washington Post) on

Covering Electoral Crisis

5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

E.J. is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University. In this talk, he'll reflect on the 2020 U.S. election, offering insight, analysis, and ideas of what might come next...

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Hannah Allam

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Hannah Allam (NPR News) Ben Felder (The Frontier - Oklahoma City), Timothy Phillips (Beyond Conflict) on The Determinants of Crisis

10am - 11:15am MST

Are we being responsible in how we cover this crisis? What is the psychology that drives us apart? And how did we get here in the first place?

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Wesley Lowery

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

  • Wesley Lowery (CBS News, 60 Minutes), Astead Herndon (The New York Times) on Covering Social Crisis

         5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

  • Jack Ohman (The Sacramento Bee) and Matt Wuerker (Politico) on

        Satirizing Crisis, Part One

       6:30pm - 7:30pm MST

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Matt Wuerker

In this double-header event, we'll feature two separate panels. In the first, we'll hear from leading journalists Wesley Lowery and Astead Herndon in a dialogue reflecting on the past, present and future of our multi-layered social crises. Then we'll hear from Pulitzer-winning political cartoonists Jack Ohman and Matt Wuerker, illustrating how their work has satirized crisis, and the incredible importance of satire in reporting current events.

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Dana Priest

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Dana Priest (The Washington Post)

Conference Interactive Discussion Session 

10:00am - 11:00am MST

Join Dana to ask her questions and hear her reflections on the opening week of conference sessions. She'll be in discussion with CIR's Executive Director, Sandy Campbell. Come enjoy the interactive conference experience online! What have you learned and what do you want to know more about?

NOTE: Video on Demand links for A Thousand Cuts will be released on this day. Be sure to join the Q&A with Maria Ressa and Ramona Diaz on Monday, November 16! [see below]

Tickets are ONLY available to those holding all-conference passes

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Tina Susman

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020

Special Student Session: How do newsrooms work?

11:00am - 12:00pm MST

In this special session, Tina Susman (TIME Magazine National News Editor) will talk all about newsrooms and journalistic ethics to high school and college students from across northern New Mexico. How is the news, especially in covering crisis, actually made?

This slot is reserved for students. All-conference ticket holders may audit the session but not participate actively.

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Maria Ressa

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

A Thousand Cuts: Q&A Session

6:00pm - 7:00pm MST

In this special session, Maria Ressa (Rappler) and filmmaker Ramona Diaz will discuss their new documentary, A Thousand Cuts in this unique Q&A session. All participants will be given a unique Video on Demand link to the film on Friday, November 13, and can watch it over the weekend. Bring your questions to this fascinating session!!!

All-conference ticket holders, designated Flex-Conference ticket holders, and individual ticket holders will be given the Video on Demand link on Friday, November 1.

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Ben Smith

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Olga Yurkova

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Ivan Kolpakov (www.meduza.io) and Ben Smith (The New York Times), moderated by Janet Steele

Covering Crisis: Resistance vs. Independence 

10:00am - 11:00am MST

In this fascinating dialogue, Ivan Kolpakov (returning from his lauded presentation at JUF 2019; his organization is known as the home of Russia's free press) and Ben Smith will discuss the difficult choices journalists must make in responding to crisis. How to balance objectivity with the calls for change that fuel social protest and resistance?

Olga Yurkova (www.stopfake.org) 

Russian Disinformation Efforts in Ukraine: An Update

11:00am - 11:45am MST

Olga Yurkova returns to the Journalism under Fire stage to update us on the state of Russian disinformation in Ukraine. What has happened there that we should be aware of -- or even anticipating -- here? How does the ongoing civil strife and war in the eastern part of Ukraine affect or inform broader disinformation efforts? Olga returns to the JUF stage from her first appearance in 2018.

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Alfredo Corchado

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Alfredo Corchado (The Dallas Morning News), Angela Cocherga (The Albuquerque Journal), Dudley Althaus (Mexico City-based freelance). Yuriria Morales (Global Ties Albuquerque) to moderate.

Crisis at the US-Mexico Border: The Coronavirus Disruption 

5:30pm - 6:45pm MST

Returning from JUF 2018, these three leading journalists will talk about their recent experience at the U.S.-Mexico border and how the Trump Administration has advanced its immigration ends through the chaos of the COVID-19 response.

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Cindy Otis

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Cindy Otis (author: True Or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News) and Yvonne Rolzhausen (The Atlantic's Research Chief) on:

Fact Checking our Disinformation?

10:00am - 11:00am MST

How have fake news, misinformation, and outright disinformation come to shape our lives? How do major news outlets ensure their stories are free of error and bias -- and in so doing combat fake news? What can we as news consumers do to ensure we don't fall prey to active misinformation and disinformation efforts?

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Yvonne Rolzhausen

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Dr. Alexa Koenig (University of California, Berkeley), Andrea Lampros, Gisela Pérez de AchaHaley Willis (The New York Times), and Sarah Cahlan (The Washington Post)

The New Newsroom: Collaborations that Strengthen Storytelling and Impact 

1:00pm - 2:00pm MST

Dr. Alexa Koenig

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Haley Willis

Some of today’s most innovative reporting is conducted by journalists working in multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams. Join the co-founders of UC Berkeley’s Investigations Lab, as well as reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, who will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of these multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational partnerships—and how they are helping to shape fact-finding and storytelling in the 21st century. Alexa Koenig returns from JUF 2019 to lead this discussion.

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Veronika Munk

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Veronika Munk (formerly with index.hu), Szabolcs Panyi (Direkt36), and Agnes Urban (chair of the Infocommunications Department at the Corvinus University of Budapest) on

Press Freedoms in Hungary

10:00am - 11:00am MST

Returning from JUF 2018, Veronika, Szabolcs (a former Humphrey Fellow at ASU) and Agnes will discuss recent developments in Hungary designed to stifle freedom of expression, led primarily by its Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. Veronika participated in JUF 2018 as part of the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Dr. Hany Farid

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Dr. Hany Farid (University of California, Berkeley) on

Creating, Weaponizing, and Detecting Deep Fakes

5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

The past few years have seen a startling and troubling rise in the fake-news phenomena in which everyone from individuals to nation-sponsored entities can produce and distribute mis-information. The implications of fake news range from a mis-informed public to an existential threat to democracy, and horrific violence. At the same time, recent and rapid advances in machine learning are making it easier than ever to create sophisticated and compelling fake images. videos, and audio recordings, making the fake-news phenomena even more powerful and dangerous. Dr. Farid will provide an overview of the creation of these so-called deep-fakes, and describe emerging techniques for detecting them. 

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Julie McCarthy

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Julie McCarthy (NPR) and other panelists TBD on

Covering Crisis in Hong Kong

10:00am - 11:00am MST

Recently, the Chinese government began to crack down on Hong Kong's free press, including the prominent arrest of Jimmy Lai, owner of The Daily Apple. What will come next for Hong Kong's freedom of expression? What is China's next move -- and the press' anticipated response?

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Todd Greentree

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Todd Greentree 

Conference Interactive Discussion Session 

11:00am - 12:00pm MST

Join this interactive session to discuss this week's best sessions, and ask and answer any questions you may have with the Chair of the Journalism under Fire Committee, Dr. Todd Greentree.

Tickets. This event is only open to all-conference pass holders.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020

Special Student Session: Fake News

11:00am - 12:00pm MST

In this special session, high school and college students from across northern New Mexico will have the unique opportunity to interact with author Cindy Otis, who will present on her book, True Or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News

This slot is reserved for students. All-conference ticket holders may audit the session but not participate actively.

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Sec. David Scrase, M.D.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020

Dr. David Scrase (NM Secretary of Health and Human Services), Prof. Sam Scarpino (Northeastern University), Sara Del Valle (Los Alamos National Labs), with moderator Julia Goldberg (Santa Fe Reporter) on:

         Our Public Health Crisis: Journalism and Science Respond to COVID-19

         1:00pm - 2:00pm MST

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How has New Mexico responded with evidence and modeling to the current COVID-19 pandemic? How have the Los Alamos National Labs contributed their expertise? And how has journalism worked to digest this complex evidence into "news we can use" as a general public needing to take certain precautionary measures?

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Lauren Walsh

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020

  • Lauren Walsh (NYU) on

         Photographing Social Crisis Today

         5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

  • Laura Paskus (New Mexico PBS) on

        Covering Climate Change from the 'Heart of Darkness'

       6:30pm - 7:30pm MST

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Laura Paskus

In this special set of visual sessions, Lauren Walsh will first show some of her findings on crisis photography. What’s the point of crisis photography? Why look at these images - and what does it mean when we do so? What is crisis/conflict photography? Using COVID-19 and #BLM as case studies, Lauren will walk us through the ethics of photojournalism.

Following this, Laura Paskus will show us how New Mexico has long experienced the impacts of climate change -- from the dry Rio Grande to conifers dying off in mountain ranges across the state to drought, insect infestations, and severe wildfire. Covering the changes as a reporter can be heartbreaking, and yet also provide the impetus to report from a place of deep love for place and community. Her new book: At the Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate.

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Mike Okwoche

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Mike Okwoche (Senior Anchor at Television Continental in Lagos, Nigeria), Ntibinyane Ntibinyane (co-founder of INK Centre for Investigative Journalism in Botswana), Mercy Kandie-Tanui (@BBC Kenya), with moderator Anya Schiffrin (Columbia Journalism School). Introduced by Sana Abed-Kotob (U.S. Department of State)

How COVID-19 is Reshaping African Journalism

10:00am - 11:15am MST

How has COVID-19 completely reshaped African news and journalism? In this panel, we'll hear from leaders across the continent, featuring two alumni of the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and one alumna of the Edward R. Murrow program. All three panelists spent three weeks in the USA exploring journalism here, taking back home essential lessons learned. The session will be introduced by Sana Abed-Kotob, Deputy Director of the Department of State, Office of International Visitors (OIV).

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Mercy Kandie-Tanui

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Shaun Griswold (Reporter, New Mexico In Depth), Arlyssa Becenti (Diné journalist, Navajo Times), and Sharon Chischilly (freelance photojournalist) on

Covering Crisis in Indian Country, New Mexico

1:00pm - 2:00pm MST

Arlyssa Becenti

With a primary focus on how journalism has responded to -- and covered -- COVID-19's impact on tribal communities, this panel will also explore the major unfolding educational crisis in tribal communities. How has Navajo Nation responded to crisis? How has crisis touched New Mexico's pueblos?

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Tina Susman

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020

Tina Susman (TIME Magazine), Jennifer Ludden (NPR News), and Pervaiz Shallwani (CNN) on

The Newsroom and Crisis

10:00am - 11:00am MST

How are the tough decisions made in newsrooms about a news organization's response to crisis? How to maintain neutrality, ensure robust fact checking, and balance out the many crises all competing for our attention?

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Ann Telnaes

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020

Ann Telnaes (The Washington Post) and Kevin KAL Kallaugher (The Economist, The Baltimore Sun)

Satirizing Crisis, Part Two

5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

Returning from their star turn at JUF 2018, these two extraordinary editorial cartoonists will illustrate how they've gone about capturing crisis in their cartooning.

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The Pulitzer Center

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020

Eliza Barclay (Vox.com), Juliana Mori (InfoAmazonia), Fredrick Mugira (Water Journalists Africa), moderated by the Pulitzer Center's Nora Moraga-Lewy.

Covering Environmental Crises through Innovation and Collaboration

10:00am - 11:15am MST

Journalists across the globe are using innovation and strategic partnerships to cover more deeply biodiversity, climate change, and communities impacted by environmental crises and to generate impactful reporting. For this panel, the Pulitzer Center is bringing together journalists who work across borders, lead collaborations, and leverage various media. The presenters will share their work and insights on how journalism has responded to the complexity, scale, timeline, and high stakes of environmental crises, as well as discuss a way forward.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020

Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de São Paulo) and Dr. Courtney Radsch (The Committee to Protect Journalists)

Disinformation, Trolls, and Harassment: Reflections from Brazil

5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

Patricia Campos Mello

Returning from JUF 2018, Courtney will engage in dialogue with Patricia, a legendary Brazilian journalist who has covered conflict and elections in over 50 countries around the world.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020

Journalism under Fire: Closing Ceremony

5:30pm - 6:30pm MST

With Dana Priest serving again as the emcee, the evening will feature:

  • Eliza Gilkyson performing

  • Peter Baker, chief White correspondent for The New York Times and Susan Glasser, staff writer for The New Yorker, discussing their new book The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

  • another speaker TBD!!

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Dana Priest

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020

Dana Priest (The Washington Post)

Conference Interactive Discussion Session: Wrap Up 

10:00am - 11:00am MST

Join Dana to ask her questions and hear her reflections on the entire set of conference sessions. She'll be in discussion with CIR's Executive Director, Sandy Campbell. Come enjoy the interactive conference experience online! What have you learned so far, what impressed you the most, and what do you want to know more about?

Tickets are ONLY available to those holding all-conference passes

This agenda is iterative, and we'll add new sessions regularly.

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