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Fifth annual McGill Symposium to focus on journalistic courage

A talk on resisting the retreat from foreign news reporting will open an all-day discussion of journalistic courage at the fifth annual McGill Symposium Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Drewry Room.

John Schidlovsky, founding director of the International Reporting Project, will discuss the steps he’s taken throughout the past 12 years to encourage more international coverage in the U.S. media. Annie Murphy, an IRP Fellow who reported from Mozambique last year, will join Schidlovsky.

Closed to the public, the McGill Symposium brings together students, faculty and leading journalists to consider what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors.

Besides Schidlovsky and Murphy, the McGill Visiting Journalists who will participate are:
• David Handschuh, staff photographer, The New York Daily News, New York;
• Jeff Roberts, staff photographer, Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala.;
• Mark Fainaru-Wada, reporter, ESPN, San Francisco, Calif.;
• Lance Williams, reporter, California Watch, San Francisco, Calif.;
• Jan Schaffer, director, J-Lab, ­Washington, D.C.; and
• Erich Schwartzel, project editor, Pipeline, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,Pittsburgh, Pa.

The McGill Symposium is funded by the McGill Lecture Endowment. Contributors include the Gannett Foundation.