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    Journalism under Fire 

2020


Student Sessions

This year, we're offering students here in New Mexico and around the world unique ways to engage with Journalism under Fire. As below, we have a number of dedicated sessions for students to interact directly with some of our speakers. And, new for 2020, we're pleased to launch four News Literacy Modules that cover the fundamentals of journalism and address key issues and insights from the past two Journalism under Fire conferences:​​

1. NextGenNews: An Introduction. What is journalism? What do journalists actually do? What is the news – and what is newsworthy? What is fake news, misinformation, and how have conspiracy theories increasingly infected the news cycle? What are journalism ethics? And perhaps most of all, why is a free and trustworthy press so important to a democracy? Click on the image below.

3. Imagery and Photos. What is photojournalism and how do photojournalists capture their stories? What is the field of digital forensics and why is it important? And what role do political cartoonists play in the media landscape? Click on the image below.

2. Modern Media: Pressures and Opportunities. How has Big Tech, including social media platforms, reshaped the media landscape? What role does Artificial Intelligence play in the media? Why are journalists persecuted around the world? Click on the image below.

4. Journalism under Fire Speaker Compendium. Who is speaking at Journalism under Fire 2020? What do they cover, what have they written, what prizes have they won? Click on the image below.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020

What are under-reported stories, and how do you find them?

10:00am - 11:00am MST

In this one-hour workshop, we will introduce students to the Pulitzer Center's mission, the term "under-reported story," and a series of skills that they can use to find and evaluate under-reported stories that interest them. Students will explore several Center stories as a group, and individually, and then we will model how they can analyze these stories to prepare letters that they can submit to our annual "Local Letters for Global Change" writing contest. We will then transition into the following resource that models ways for students to identify under-reported stories in their own communities. (The resource also introduces Pulitzer Centers Executive Editor Marina Walker Guevara, who will be our guest speaker next week)

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

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020

Presentation and Q&A with Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Marina Walker Guevara

10:00am - 11:00am MST

Marina will start by sharing why she chose to become a journalist, and then share her reporting from several stories as she describes how she approaches planning and investigating stories. She played a leading role in bringing the Panama Papers to light.

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

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020

Presentation and Q&A with a Pulitzer Center photojournalist

10:00am - 11:00am MST

We are hoping that photojournalists Pablo Albarenga or Melissa Bunni Elian will be available to connect with students to describe their experiences communicating under-reported stories through photography. Both grantees also contributed to the following video, which students could examine before or after the session to begin planning ideas for their own photo stories: https://youtu.be/Vxk7rxa7IEs

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

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Tina Susman

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020

What in the world is a journalist?

11:00am - 12:00pm MST

In this special session, Tina Susman (TIME Magazine Senior Editor) and Katina Paron (senior project editor on The Trace’s award-winning gun violence series produced by youth reporters, “Since Parkland”) will discuss how to become a professional journalist. Topics to be covered include: journalism skills that can be acquired in high school and college, majors in college, and the importance of internships. Tina and Katina will also discuss the life of a foreign correspondent, but they'll also explain the process of a news story becoming published in-print and online.  

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

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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.