A discussion about the dangers associated with covering war zones-especially in the Middle East-will open the seventh annual McGill Symposium at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A two-day discussion of journalist courage, the symposium will be held Oct. 8 from 2:30-5 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Drewry Room (Room 238) of the Journalism Building.
Three journalists with broad experience covering war zones across the world will open the symposium. They are Dorothy Parvaz, special projects editor, Al Jazeera, who also is the 2013 recipient of the McGill Medal in Journalistic Courage; Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists; and Lisa Schnellinger, senior project consultant, UPINext/Pakistan.
Six other journalists and journalism experts from across the U.S. will join Parvaz, Mansour and Schnellinger to consider what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors. They are John Tlumacki, photographer, The Boston Globe; Sara Ganim, reporter, CNN; Alison Young, reporter, USA Today; Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Karl Etters, reporter, Tallahassee Democrat; and James Yoakley, instructional coach for Knox County Schools in Tennessee.
The McGill Symposium is not a public event. Limited seating is available to Grady students and faculty.