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Panel group discusses warzone reporting, dangers with public

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Journalist James Foley, a 1996 Marquette graduate, speaks about his experiences as a captive in Libya during a speaking engagement at Marquette University Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Foley was kidnapped in Syria six weeks ago, his family reported Wednesday, January 2, 2013. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

Some journalists are killed for reporting the truth in warzones as foreign correspondents, and UA students will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from those who have taken on that risk.

”Reporting In a More Dangerous World” is an open panel conversation with those who have experienced the dangers, risks and violence of reporting in a warzone through personal experiences. Panel guests include the parents of an American journalist killed by the Islamic State, a former correspondent for The Associated Press who was held hostage for seven years and First Amendment lawyers from The New York Times. 

“It will highlight the dangers of being a journalist in the most dangerous parts of the world, and how risky it is in today’s world for a journalist to seek information while putting their lives at risk — the perspective of what is it like being overseas in a war zone freelancing just to get the world to hear the truth in what’s occurring,” said William Schmidt, a foreign correspondent and UA journalism professor. “Understanding the risks for information to be provided to the world is very critical when a life is on the line.”

John and Diane Foley, the parents of James Foley, will speak on behalf of the risks their son and other journalists like him face on a daily basis. Terry Anderson, a former AP correspondent who was a hostage in Lebanon for seven years, will also speak on about the issues journalists are facing. David McCraw, a First Amendment lawyer, will address the global issues threatening the press.

The panel is sponsored by the Center for Border and Global Journalism. Mort Rosenblum, a UA journalism professor and foreign correspondent, former bureau chief with the AP and co-director of the Center for Border and Global Journalism, will moderate the event. 

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