Diversity in War Reporting Panel Recap

Panelists spoke about their experiences during a discussion about diversity in war reporting. (Left to right: Alex Quade, Jackie Spinner, Alex Rodriguez, Cornell Wilson, Moderator Chris Bury)

Panelists (seated) spoke about their experiences during a discussion about diversity in war reporting. (Left to right: Alex Quade, Jackie Spinner, Alex Rodriguez, Cornell Wilson, moderator Chris Bury)

An audience of more than 30 students and journalism professionals joined SPJ/ONA DePaul and an expert panel for a discussion on war reporting last Wednesday evening.

Panelists fielded questions from SPJ/ONA DePaul’s executive board as well as questions from the audience. Chris Bury, DePaul’s senior journalist in residence and award-winning broadcast journalist, moderated the event.

Audience members listen to discussion.

Audience members listen to discussion.

Panelists included:

  • Alex Quade, award-winning war reporter and documentary filmmaker
  • Jackie Spinner, journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project
  • Cornell Wilson, attorney, community advocate and United States Marine Corps veteran
  • Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Nation/World and Global Connections Editor

Alexandra Halaby, senior contributing editor and spokesperson at the International Middle East Media Center, was prepared to join the panel via Skype, but could not due to technical difficulties.

President Emily Brosious sets up camera to record event.

SPJ/ONA DePaul president Emily Brosious sets up camera to film event.

Audience members live-tweeted the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #SPJWDP.

Diversity in War Reporting Panel: Wednesday, March 4

Diversity in War Reporting Flier

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul and our panel of experts for a conversation on war reporting and conflict-zone news coverage. Panelists will discuss issues including:

  • The controversy surrounding NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams
  • How to navigate language and cultural barriers during foreign correspondence
  • Safety measures while reporting in conflict zones

Panelists:

  • Alex Quade, award-winning war reporter and documentary filmmaker
  • Jackie Spinner, journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project
  • Alexandra Halaby, senior contributing editor and spokesperson at the International Middle East Media Center
  • Cornell Wilson, attorney, community advocate and United States Marine Corps veteran
  • Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Nation/World and Global Connections Editor

Moderator: Chris Bury, Al Jazeera America correspondent and DePaul University senior journalist in residence

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #SPJWDP

SPJ/ONA DePaul Women in Sports Journalism Panel

SPJ/ONA DePaul is hosting a Women in Sports Journalism Panel on Thursday, April 10. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5:45 p.m. with a viewing of an ESPN documentary, “Let Them Wear Towels,” followed by networking and the panel. Guests can arrive at any point up to 6:45.

Details of the panel are below. This event was made possible by a generous SPJ national programming grant.

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Concert for Carlos Tribute and Fundraiser

Ali Trumbull and Ryann Rumbaugh

SPJ DePaul President Ali Trumbull and Vice President Ryann Rumbaugh volunteer ed with the raffle and silent auction at the Concert for Carlos.

SPJ DePaul Executive Board members Ali Trumbull, Ryann Rumbaugh and Monica Carter volunteered at the “Concert for Carlos”, a tribute concert and fundraiser for the late Carlos Hernandez Gomez, a well-known Chicago journalist and DePaul alum.

The July 21 event, held at Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort in Lakeview, featured music from several local acts, including The Gear, a band Gomez used to play in. More than 80 friends, family and fellow journalists attended the event.

SPJ DePaul volunteers helped with staffing the front door, selling raffle tickets, organizing the silent auction and assisting Randi Bellisomo, Carlos’ widow and organizer of the event.

Proceeds will benefit The Carlos Hernandez Award in Journalism at DePaul University, DePaul University’s Political Science Department Carlos Hernandez Gomez Memorial Forum on Policy and Public Service and Life Matters Media.

SPJ DePaul Who’s News Diversity Event

SPJ DePaul Diversity Panel Photo. (Photo by Katie Karpowicz)

Karen Kring (right) opens the panel discussion. (Photo by Katie Karpowicz)

SPJ DePaul partnered with three other university student organizations to host a panel discussion entitled “Who’s News? Achieving Diversity in Media Coverage and the Newsroom” on Feb. 17.

The forum, which moderated by Karen Kring of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago, involved six panelists and drew a crowd of more than 40 people. The Korean Student Organization, Act Out and the Inter-Tribal Student Organization co-sponsored the event, which was live-Tweeted using the #SPJchat and fielded questions from a social media audience.

Coverage of the event: The Red Line Project | SPJ Region 5 Blog

SPJ DePaul Diversity Panelists Photo. (Photo by Katie Karpowicz)

Diversity panelists gather before the event (from left): Adam Kessel, Brianna Montague, Lenox Magee, Leena Saleh, Kristen Aguirre and Gary Kim. (Photo by Katie Karpowicz)