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The Media's Effect on International Events and Technological Changes Examined at Journalism Conference

Journalism's impact on today's international events and technological changes within the international news media will be examined in detail by prize-winning journalists and former government officials at a one-day conference at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. on Tuesday, April 16, 1996.

The day-long conference will also feature a keynote address at 11:00 a.m. on international journalism and foreign policy by Richard Holbrooke, recently retired Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, and architect of the Dayton accords.

The occasion for the conference is the presentation at 12:00 noon of the first annual SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism. The $15,000 prize will honor a journalist whose reporting in 1995 had the most significant impact in raising public consciousness on a topic on international importance. Journalists from around the world participated in the unusual competition, which was open to work from any country in any language and in any medium. Entries from 28 countries in more than 10 languages were received from print, radio and television media. The winner was selected by an international panel of noted journalists and former officials from North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Three panels will consider current issues in news coverage:

9:15 a.m. -- The Media and the Shaping of Perceptions on Bosnia

The moderator will be former New York Times correspondent Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is now editor-in-residence at SAIS. Panelists will be Tahseen Basheer, former Egyptian spokesman and ambassador; BBC Correspondent Misha Glenny; and former U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia Warren Zimmermann.

1:00 p.m. -- The Impact of Technologies on News

The moderator will be former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Don Oberdorfer, now journalist-in-residence at SAIS. Panelists will be Joseph Duffey, Director of the U.S. Information Agency; Ralph Begleiter, veteran diplomatic correspondent of CNN; Johanna Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today and author of Lights, Camera, War and Steven Ross, Internet expert, who teaches computer-assisted journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

2:45 p.m. -- Reporting on Peacekeeping Missions

The moderator will be Elizabeth Becker, weekend editor of the Washington Bureau of the New York Times, and former foreign editor of National Public Radio. Panelists will be John Hughes, former U.S. State Department spokesman who recently served as director of communications at the United Nations; Nate Thayer of the Far Eastern Economic Review and veteran Cambodia correspondent of AP and David Rieff, journalist and author of Slaughterhouse on the Bosnian conflict.

To attend the conference or for more information, contact SAIS Public Affairs, 202-663-5626 or Veronique Rodman, program coordinator, SAIS-Novartis Program, 202-663-5722.

For more information, contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Public Affairs Office at 202.663.5626 or
 [email protected].

Tuesday, March 25, 1997
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Contact Person: 
Felisa Neuringer Klubes
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(202) 663.5626