Westchester Community College Hosts Consortium…Afghanistan: War and Society. November 28-30. Public Welcome.

Westchester Community College Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingPlease join award-winning Pulitzer Center journalists Anna Badkhen and Vanessa Gezari along with Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite as they explore international reporting from the front-lines in a three-day series of events with classes, student groups and the Collegium, November 28-30, 2012. All are welcome, except where noted. Please be sure to let the contact(s) for each event know of your plans to attend.


11 AM-12:15 PM     Davis Auditorium Gateway Center

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Answer to Responsible Reporting
Presenter: Nathalie Applewhite

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences. Hosted by Philosophia.

Contacts: dwight.goodyear@sunywcc.edu or patricia.sehulster@sunywcc.edu

1-2:30 PM             TEC 107

Meet the Pulitzer Press
Presenters: Anna Badkhen, Nathalie Applewhite

Professor Don Gregory’s journalism students will interview the panelists on war reporting and all the complexities and dangers of being on front lines. This session will be videotaped for use on our website www.vikingnews.net

News Reporting & Writing (class)
Contact: don.gregory@sunywcc.edu

3-3:50 PM             TEC 107

Journalism: Writing the World
Presenters: Anna Badkhen, Nathalie Applewhite

Presenters will speak about their work and how they got there. Life Writing students will ask writing related questions.

Life Writing (class)
Contact: heather.ostman@sunywcc.edu


11 AM-12:15 PM &        Davis Auditorium Gateway Center
12:30-1:45 PM             (two sessions of the same presentation)

Media and Conflict: A Cross-Continental Experience in Reporting Wars
Presenters: Anna Badkhen, Vanessa Gezari, Nathalie Applewhite

Journalism & Democracy, Multimedia Journalism, Comp & Lit 2, College Success (classes)
Contact: carol.passariello@sunywcc.edu

4-6 PM                 Foundation Boardroom LIB 235

Student Media Reception and Pulitzer Student Reporting Fellowship Discussion
Presenters: Anna Badkhen, Vanessa Gezari, Nathalie Applewhite

Students at Campus Consortium member schools are eligible to apply for international reporting fellowships of up to $2,000 each and the opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center staff on an international reporting project. For more information visit http://pulitzercenter.org/grants/student-fellows and join us for refreshments and discussion

Sponsored by The VN and the Student Media Association
(open to current students, staff, faculty, administration and Foundation Board Members)
Contact: carol.passariello@sunywcc.edu or don.gregory@sunywcc.edu


1-2:30 PM                 TEC 107

Freelancing from the Fringe:  How to Cover What You Care About and Get Paid for It
Presenter: Vanessa Gezari

Broadcast Journalism, Understanding Mass Media and Radio Production (classes)
Contact: eric.luther@sunywcc.edu or monique.bluhm@sunywcc.edu

The Pulitzer Center-Westchester Community College Campus Consortium is generously supported by a grant from the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation in partnership with the College’s Department of Communications, Journalism and Performing Arts.

NOTE: The Collegium for Lifelong Learning is hosting a reception and informal discussion on Wednesday, November 28, 4-6 PM at the Knollwood Center. Please contact Judith Kelson at 914-606-6535 or Judith.kelson@sunywccedu for more information.

About the Pulitzer Center Journalists

Anna Badkhen has covered conflicts on three continents. Her work has appeared in a range of American magazines and newspapers, including Foreign Policy, The New Republic and the New York Times. She is the author of three books: Peace Meals, Waiting for the Taliban, and the e-book Afghanistan by Donkey, which came out this year (a collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center). Her latest book about Afghanistan, The World Is a Carpet, will be published in the spring of 2013. To tell stories from this battlefield, Western journalists often “embed” with troops on the ground. Badkhen has done that—in Iraq, with American troops, and in Chechnya, with Russian soldiers. But she also has “embedded” with civilians who live in war zones, to show their lands not through the gunsight of a soldier or a Marine but in the same manner in which people who live in these lands see it. She spent much of 2011 living with Afghan families in Afghanistan.

Vanessa Gezari writes about national and international affairs with a focus on Afghanistan, South Asia and West Africa. She was a national writer for the St. Petersburg Times for more than three years. In 2007, she traveled to Liberia on an International Reporting Project fellowship to write about the psychic residue of total war. She has also written for The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Slate. Previously, she freelanced from New Delhi and Kabul for nearly three years, covering Afghanistan on assignment for the Chicago Tribune from 2002-2003 and training Afghan journalists with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in 2004. She is the 2012–2013 Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Her forthcoming book assesses the U.S. military’s Human Terrain program.

Anna and Vanessa are both Pulitzer Center grantee journalists.

Anna’s project with the Pulitzer Center is: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/northern-afghanistan-taliban-insurgency-nato

Vanessa’s projects with the Pulitzer Center are:

About the Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center is an innovative award-winning nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. With nearly $1 million a year in funding support for 75-plus reporting projects, the Center is the largest single source of ready money for international enterprise reporting. Its model is built on these reporting grants to individual journalists and news organizations, creating a broad media dissemination network from PBS NewsHour and The Washington Post to The New York Times, Foreign Policy and Christian Science Monitor.

The Center’s educational initiatives to create awareness campaigns around these projects provide students with fresh reporting from around the world. They help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information. Westchester Community College is one of the newest members of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium. http://pulitzercenter.org/campus-consortium/westchester-community-college


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