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War Stories. Peace Stories.

Peace, Conflict & The Media. A Symposium

Wherever there is war, there is reporting. We want the dramatic story—but at what cost? Does covering violence beget more violence? Let’s discuss in the Symposium.

There are other stories just outside our field of view—stories of extraordinary resilience, of local or quiet heroes, of communities pushing back effectively in nonviolent ways. Can peace be a good story?

The stories we sell and tell have extraordinary power to shape policy and perception. Stories can change hearts and minds. We’ve seen it happen—stories can end wars, bring about peace and save lives. A good story can change the world.

Let’s discuss.

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A Journalism

COMPETITION

In partnership with The Pulitzer Center, a competition for grants up to $20,000 for peace reporting. Applications due March 1.

A One-Day

SYMPOSIUM

Journalists, peacebuilders and others are invited to a one-day symposium to launch a powerful ongoing conversation on peace, conflict and the media.

Community

CONVERSATIONS

Online explorations of the intersection of peace, diplomacy and conflict reporting for reporters, peacebuilders and the public.

War Stories. Peace Stories.

has been made possible through the generous support of these visionary organizations.

War Stories Peace Stories Symposium 2018
War Stories. Peace Stories. Symposium

Symposium Speakers and Panelists

April 11, 2018. The Times Center, NYC

A unique roster of internationally respected journalists and peacebuilders

excited to share new ideas about covering war and covering peace (see more).

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Photojournalist

Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger

Journalist.Filmmaker. Pub Owner.

Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo

Journalist

The New Yorker

Daniel Beaulieu

Daniel Beaulieu

Chief Content Officer

News Deeply

Heba Aly

Heba Aly

Director

IRIN News

Hayes Brown

Hayes Brown

Deputy World News Editor

Buzzfeed

Jon Sawyer

Jon Sawyer

Founding Director

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Scott Stearns

Scott Stearns

Managing Editor, Africa Division

Voice of America

Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal

Executive Producer

Center for Investigative Reporting

Bridget Moix

Bridget Moix

Senior US Representative and Head of Advocacy

Peace Direct

Mike Jobbins

Mike Jobbins

Sr. Dir. of Partnerships & Engagement

Search for Common Ground

Quscondy Abdulshafi

Quscondy Abdulshafi

Founder

Darfur Student Movement

Christina Asquith

Christina Asquith

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

The Fuller Project for International Reporting

Laurie Hays

Laurie Hays

Executive Vice President

Edelman

Saba Ismail

Saba Ismail

Activist, Founder

Aware Girls

Vanessa Gezari

Vanessa Gezari

National Security Editor

The Intercept

Reza Sayah

Reza Sayah

Journalist, Filmmaker

PBS

Karishma Vyas

Karishma Vyas

Documentary Filmmaker, Reporter

Nahal Toosi

Nahal Toosi

Reporter

POLITICO

Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi

Activist, Editor

PBS, Women for Women International

Anna Therese Day

Anna Therese Day

Reporter. Filmmaker. Founder.

The Frontline Freelance Register

Passy Mubalama

Passy Mubalama

Founder, Executive Director

Action & Development Initiative for the Protection of Women & Children

Melanie Cohen Greenberg

Melanie Cohen Greenberg

President & CEO

Alliance for Peacebuilding

Yochi Dreazen

Yochi Dreazen

Foreign & National Security Editor

Vox.com

Kem Knapp Sawyer

Kem Knapp Sawyer

Contributing Editor

Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting

Tina Rosenberg

Tina Rosenberg

Co-founder

Solutions Journalism

Jacqueline O’Neill

Jacqueline O’Neill

President

Inclusive Security

Mort Rosenblum

Mort Rosenblum

Reporter, Professor

Mort Report

Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet

Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet

Community Leader

URU

Details & Digits

Program

8:00 am Breakfast & Registration

8:45 am Welcome

8:55 am A Story. Saba Ismail in her own words

9:00 am Telling (and Not Telling) the Story

10:10 am Another story. Quscondy Abdulshafi in his own words

10:15 am Alexis Okeowo & Robert J. Rosenthal

11:00 am Networking Break & Booksigning with Alexis Okeowo

11:30 am Pitching for Peace. Live Pitches from the three competition finalists

12:15 pm Lunch Break

1:25 pm A third story. Kessy Ekomo-Soignet in her own words

1:30 pm Who is Telling the Story and Whose Story Are We Telling? (panel discussion)

2:45 pm Sebastian Junger

3:30 pm Moving Forward: Re-imagining Conflict Reporting As a Force for Change (panel discussion)

4:45 pm Networking, Cocktail Reception & Booksigning with Sebastian Junger and Lynsey Addario

Symposium on War and Peace at NYC, USA

Venue

The Times Center
242 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036

War Stories Peace Stories is proud to have the generous support and assistance of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in creating this symposium.

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Tickets are limited. If you are a student, please email us about a discount. If you are a journalist or peacebuilder working outside the United States, please email us about travel support. If you are affiliated with one of our partner organizations, please inquire about discounted tickets.

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War Stories Peace Stories is a special project produced in partnership with Peace Direct and Spectrum Media, in consultation with the project’s sponsors and supporters and a number of key advisors and partner organizations.

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