Farnaz Fassihi: Reporting from the Middle East

March 25, 2015 — Farnaz Fassihi, senior Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and current Nieman Fellow, discussed how the nature of reporting on the Middle East has changed in recent years, and provided context and insight on…

The Sanctions Against Russia: What Did the West and the Media Expect?

A paper by Celestine Bohlen, Fall 2014 Fellow and columnist at The International New York Times, explores the nature of the 2014 sanctions against Russia, their effects, and the resulting media coverage. Since 2014 the US and EU have targeted…

Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic: The Challenges of Reporting on the Middle East

November 18, 2014 — Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for the Atlantic, discussed the increasing dangers of reporting on the Middle East and provided candid guidance for those who aspire to cover the region.

Michael Crowley of Time magazine: Traveling the globe and witnessing America’s changing role

October 7, 2014 — Michael Crowley, chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time magazine, gave a sweeping tour of a life spent covering stories from the Middle East to Mexico, revealing the tensions inherent in trips with government officials as well as the challenges…

BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder: Thinking of New Ways to Cover the World

September 23, 2014 — Putting the “new” back in “news” is the goal of BuzzFeed’s growing coverage of global affairs, said Miriam Elder, foreign editor for the online media outlet. BuzzFeed World, which started in August 2013, has been hiring…

Facts and Propaganda at War in Syria’s Chaotic Media Landscape, says NPR’s Deborah Amos

April 15, 2014 – Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent for NPR, said that in Syria, “there are at least five different wars” going on simultaneously. “It is the most complicated of all the conflicts in the Middle East,” yet the media is criticized for not getting it right.

Media plays large role in shift from hard to soft power, says Knesset member Nachman Shai

April 1, 2014 – Nachman Shai, a former journalist who currently serves as a member of the Knesset, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the rise of “soft power” as the dominant force in “asymmetric confrontations” between strong and weak powers.

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Covering Foreign Affairs While Keeping the Facts Straight

February 12, 2014 – Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” discussed the challenges of reporting on global issues in an ever-changing media environment.

Marvin Kalb warns against military strategy that inconsistently seeks approval of Congress

November 12, 2013 – The founding director of the Shorenstein Center and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Marvin Kalb spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the war powers of U.S. presidents and how the lack of congressional support has impacted military policy.