Join our Global Journalism Seminar Series online from May to June 2024

Our line-up of guests includes Adriaan Basson, Carmen Parahi, Sarah Kent, Peter Pomerantsev, Alberto Cairo, Simon Rogers and Alex Burns
26th April 2024

This term’s Global Journalism Seminars look at some of the fundamental challenges facing journalism in a pivotal year for world politics. With our guest speakers from around the world, we will explore the news media’s role in covering major elections including in the EU, South Africa and the US. We will explore challenges to journalism in Argentina following last year’s election, and how tech collaboration can ensure accountability in nationwide ballots and other significant events. We will also welcome journalists to share how they encouraged their newsroom to shift away from a Eurocentric lens or furthered sustainability in the industry they cover. And as AI grows in importance, we will discuss how it can be used effectively in newsrooms and the challenges it presents.

They are held online on Wednesdays at 13:00 (UK time) unless otherwise stated. See more information and sign up for each one below.

1 May. On Argentina’s journalism crises. Hugo Alconada Mon is an Argentinian journalist specialised in investigative Journalism about corruption in politics, money laundering and corporate fraud. He’s been working for more than 20 years at La Nación, one of Argentina's leading media outlets, and he is part of the newspaper's main editor team since 2009. | Sign up

8 May. From Eurocentric to equitable newsrooms. Carmen Parahi is a specialist in multimedia, Indigenous and equitable storytelling. She’s a multi award-winning journalist, editor and news executive. From 2001, she has worked in print, television and digital newsrooms. Carmen was named New Zealand’s editorial executive of the year in 2021. Sign up

15 May. On South Africa’s elections. Adriaan Basson is editor-in-chief of News24 and the author of four books on corruption and current affairs. He is the recipient of multiple awards for investigative journalism, including the CNN African Journalist of the Year for news and the Taco Kuiper award. | Sign up

22 May. On misinformation in EU elections. Peter Pomerantsev is a Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer. He is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University and co-director of the Arena Initiative. He is the author of several books about propaganda from Russia and other authoritarian governments. | Sign up

29 May. On applying AI in newsrooms. Dr Bahareh Heravi is a Reader in AI and Media at the Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI. Her research is primarily focused on data and computational journalism, data storytelling, responsible and inclusive AI, information design, and the use of AI in journalism and media. | Sign up

5 June (18:00 UK time). On fashion journalism and sustainability. Sarah Kent is Chief Sustainability Correspondent at The Business of Fashion (BoF). She is based in London and drives BoF's coverage of critical environmental and labour issues. She created and launched industry benchmark the BoF Sustainability Index. | Sign up

12 June. On AI and tech collaboration for electoral accountability. Dr Dima Saber is Director of Programs and Impact Lead at Meedan, a not-for-profit focused on enabling access to reliable information during major events - such as elections, climate and public health emergencies, and armed conflicts and social turmoil. | Sign up

19 June (16:00) On Olympic data journalism. Alberto Cairo is a visualisation consultant, trainer, and art director and is the Knight Chair in Infographics and Data Visualisation at the University of Miami. Simon Rogers is a data consultant at Google and Adjunct Professor of Data Journalism, Northwestern University. | Sign up

26 June (14:00 UK time). On the US elections. Alex Burns is the head of news at Politico. He has covered politics and power for more than a decade, including as national political correspondent for The New York Times during the 2020 presidential election. A graduate of Harvard College, he edited the Harvard Political Review. In 2022, he co-authored the bestselling book This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future. | Sign up

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