Public forum to address covering conflict as a journalist

10 May 2011

Written by: Penny Evangelou

The University of Melbourne is holding a special forum this evening at 6.30pm on ‘Covering Conflict: Old-Fashioned War in a New Media Age’.

The forum will discuss the difficulties of reporting conflict as a journalist and photographer. The moderator of this event will be Dr Fay Anderson, a former journalist who co-wrote Witnesses to War: The History of Australian conflict reporting from the New Zealand Wars to Afghanistan.

Special guests will include:

–       Sophie McNeill from SBS’ Dateline who has reported from various countries plagued by unrest, including Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan and Israel. She was named Best Emerging Director at the West Australian Screen Awards and has been awarded the Young Australian Journalist of the Year award twice.

–       Thom Cookes from the ABC who has previously worked for SBS, the BBC and The Age. Cookes has reported on an array of conflicts including Pakistan, Cambodia and the Palestinian Territories.

The event will be held at the Copland Theatre at The University of Melbourne.

Admission is free.

For details or directions to the venue, please visit: http://www.pcs.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/151052/Map_2011_rev26.pdf