International journalists discuss global conflicts, propaganda, and online media at CCLP forum

Journalists from Germany and Russia joined USC Annenberg students, faculty and special guests to share their first hand accounts of the physical dangers and moral dilemmas of reporting on international conflicts like the war in Ukraine at Covering Global Conflict, the first in a series organized by USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and School of Journalism, along with the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). More than 100 students, journalists, and Pacific Council members attended the forum, which was among the first special events held in USC’s new Wallis Annenberg Hall. The conversation was moderated by CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan and introduced by Willow…

Covering Global Conflict: New series of conversations hosted by CCLP and the Pacific Council on International Policy

USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and School of Journalism, along with the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP), are launching a new public series, Covering Global Conflict, which will examine differences in how international media are covering major flashpoints around the world. "These conversations offer exciting and important opportunities to understand how media in various countries see and interpret events through their own distinctive prism," said Geoffrey Cowan, CCLP director and co-chair of the series. "At USC we emphasize the importance of discussing not only how America sees the world, but how the world is seeing America."…

Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze: How Germany's largest news site is commenting on the death of James Foley

Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD, reflects on the death of James Foley and shares the words of Julian Reichelt, BILD.de's Editor-in-Chief. 64 journalists, media assistants and bloggers were killed this year so far on their job, according to the German association "Reporter ohne Grenzen" (Reporters Without Borders) — more than ever since its first published report in 1995. US reporter James Foley (40) was the 10th deadly victim in Syria this year. Almost 30 journalists have been killed there since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011. Julian Reichelt (34) has been covering wars in…

Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze shares insights about covering demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri

Visiting fellow Florian von Heintze, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD, shared with CCLP the story of a BILD reporter who was wounded and arrested while covering the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. Below is von Heintze's personal introduction to the story: Three German reporters — among other American and international journalists — were arrested last night while covering the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. One of the journalists is 26-year-old Lukas Hermsmeier from Berlin, who writes for BILD, Europe's largest selling newspaper with 12 million readers daily, and its…

Geneva Overholser: An Early Read on Baquet as New York Times Leader

This guest post was written by senior fellow Geneva Overholser. Read her personal blog at GenevaOverholser.com. In the swirl of the Jill Abramson firing, a couple of things being said about the new executive editor, Dean Baquet, didn't sync with my impression of him. I looked back at this video of a forum I hosted at USC Annenberg with Baquet when he had just become managing editor of The New York Times, and saw why. What I had found most worrisome was Glenn Greenwald's charge that Baquet has "a really disturbing history of practicing this form of journalism that…

Geneva Overholser on Abramson and Sulzberger: The Two Who Couldn’t Tango

This guest post was written by senior fellow Geneva Overholser. Follow the discussion on her personal blog. The reasons for Jill Abramson's firing as editor of The New York Times are no doubt many and complex. But one thing is clear: the editor-publisher relationship failed, spectacularly. This classic journalistic partnership, when it works, is like a good marriage. Full of successes and challenges, warmth and tension, it requires constant open communication and full-hearted dedication on the part of both parties. Also loyalty. A good editor ensures that the publisher is never blindsided. A good publisher ensures sufficient editorial independence to do good…

Senior fellow Geneva Overholser moderates OSCE open journalism event in Vienna

Senior fellow Geneva Overholser moderated OSCE's May 5 event in Vienna, Open Journalism and the Open Road Ahead. The event is the first in "a series of meetings among experts, policymakers and regulators touching on the practice and terminology of Open Journalism, legal issues, accountability and regulatory challenges."…

Advisory Board Member Gary Pruitt to be Honored with Constitutional Champion Award

CCLP Advisory Board Member and Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt will be honored by The Constitution Project at their 7th Annual Constitutional Gala on April 24th in Washington, D.C. The bipartisan legal watchdog group will celebrate Pruitt's leadership in standing up against government intimidation of the media. Tickets to the Gala are available for purchase at The Constitution Project's website. The Constitutional Champion Award honors Pruitt's commitment to fighting for the constitutional principles of the First Amendment. When the Department of Justice secretly collected phone records for editors at The Associated Press in May 2013, Pruitt called it a "massive…

Top sports journalists share career insights at CCLP forum on Women & Communication Leadership

This article was written by CCLP intern Faith Jessie, a USC Annenberg senior majoring in Public Relations, and CCLP web editor Elizabeth Krane. Women are still fighting to break into sports journalism, an industry that has historically been dominated by men. According to a study done by the Women's Media Center, 90% of sports editors are male. The 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card gave an F grade for gender representation in sports columnists and editors. But as NFL Network host Lindsay Rhodes pointed out, "We're all proof that if you work hard and you're persistent,…