Syria’s Double Crisis: Fixing Foreign News

Dec 10, 2012, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Location 529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
Cost free
Details The crisis in Syria has been wrapped in the crisis of how to cover it: the heavy censorship of an authoritarian regime, the deadly dangerous risk of reporting on the ground, and a flood of user generated content that can either fill in the blanks or cloud the truth.

Join Lara Setrakian for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation about Syrian Civil War and her new media project, Syria Deeply. Nearly twenty months into the crisis, Setrakian’s team has built an innovative new format to cover it, one that fuses news, technology, education, and foreign policy. It is a model that can be adapted to serve a range of complex global issues, and it sends a profound message about the future of foreign correspondents in the digital age.

Can technology be the bridge to more foreign news coverage? What role do social media and user-generated content have to play in traditional news reporting? How do we deal with the flood of viral video, giving a selective view from the ground? All those questions are part of the dust kicked up by Syria’s storm, with repercussions for the craft of journalism in our time.

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Venue The National Press Club

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