March 16, 2016

Symposium will explore human rights reporting

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a symposium that will examine human rights reporting and global journalism. 

The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, based in Washington, D.C., are sponsoring the March 22 program. “Human Rights Reporting and the Landscape of Global Journalism,” will include presentations from two SIU students who are involved with reporting for the center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Communications Building Dean’s Conference Room, Room 1032. RSVP to Jim Bigogno at

The symposium is free and open to the public. The college’s partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting gives students the opportunity to report on global issues through reporting fellowships. The college, through the School of Journalism, has been part of the center’s Campus Consortium since its launch in January 2009. 

Presentations during the day will include Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, who will discuss the long-term, global picture of journalism and his international reporting experiences. 

Emily Feldman is an Istanbul, Turkey-based journalist whose experience includes filing stories for Mashable and Al-Jazerra America. She also covered national and international news for NBC in New York. At 12:35 p.m., in Studio A., Feldman will present “The Yazidis: After the Trauma,” a look at how that Iraqi community is recovering after the attempted genocide at the hands of ISIS fighters in summer 2014. 

The student presentations will begin at 2 p.m., also in Studio A. Kayli Plotner, a master’s student in professional media and media management, will present “Where is home? A multimedia view of the lives of El Salvador’s orphaned children, and flaws within the child welfare system of the world’s murder capital.” Anna Spoerre, a junior majoring in journalism, will present “Youth and rural-urban migration in Peru.” 

For more information on the program, contact the School of Journalism at 618-536-3361.