Spring 2009 Events

"Re-making the News"

Paul Jay: The Real News: A Global Model for Change
February 19, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maraschi (Fromm Hall)

Paul Jay is CEO and Senior Editor of Independent World Television and Real News, creator and Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's debate program CounterSpin, award-winning documentary filmmaker of Return to Kandahar among other works, and founding Chair of Hot Docs!,the International Documentary Film Festival.

Alex Gibney: The Role of Documentary in Re-making the News
February 26, 2009
2:00 - 4:00pm (Interview with Davies Forum Students)
4:00 - 6:00 (Screening of “Taxi to the Darkside” with Q&A after screening)
Presentation Theater

Alex Gibney is an Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award winning American film director and producer. His work includes: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (nominated for an Academy Award), The Human Behavior Experiments (2006), Jimi Hendrix and the Blues, and Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002 (winner of the Academy Award for Documentary Feature).

This event is part of the Human Rights Film Festival and is co-sponsored by the Saint Ignatius Institute.

Maria Suarez Toro: "Women in the News: part of the picture or a different picture"
March 5, 2009
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cowell 113

Maria Suarez Toro is a feminist, journalist and human rights activist in
local, national, regional and international arenas through her work as
co-director of FIRE: Feminist International Radio Endeavor, since 1991.
FIRE was the first internet radio station in Costa Rica; before that the
service was distributed on short wave radio.

She has also co-founded and co-coordinated Wings of the Butterfly, a project that seeks to strengthen the women’s movement though artistic expression. Most recently, María co-authored the book Se Vende Lindo Pais (Lovely Country for Sale), which focuses on the grassroots democratic movement to stop a controversial plan by a U.S. oil company to drill for oil off the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica. She was a professor of Communications at the University of Denver from 1998-2002; and at the Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) in Sweden from 1995-2000.

Ms. Suarez visits USF as part of the Global Women’s Rights Forum and the
Davies Forum.


(Spanish text)
Maria Suarez Toro: "Las Mujeres en las Noticias: parte de la historia u otra historia"
5 de marzo 2009
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Green & Gold Room (University Center, primera planta)

María Suárez Toro es feminista, periodista y activista por los derechos humanos en escenarios locales, regionales, nacionales e internacionales mediante su trabajo, desde 1991, como directora de FIRE: Feminist International Radio Endeavor. FIRE fue la primera cadena de radio en internet de Costa Rica; antes de esto solo se emitía en radio de corta frecuencia.

Es además co-fundadora y coordinadora del colectivo de alas de mariposa, proyecto que busca reforzar el movimiento de las mujeres a través de la expresión artística. Más recientemente María ha co-escrito el libro Se Vende Lindo País, que se centra en el movimiento democrático de base para detener el controvertido plan de una petrolera estadounidense para perforar en busca de petróleo en la costa atlántica de Costa Rica. Fue profesora de Comunicaciones en la University of Denver de 1998 a 2002; y en el Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) de Suecia de 1995 a 200.

María Suárez visita USF como parte del Global Women’s Rights Forum y del Davies Forum.

Jose Antonio Vargas: "iPolitics: the rise of participatory democracy in our iPhone, YouTube, MySpace era"
March 12, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McLaren Hall, 250

Jose Antonio Vargas is a political reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the intersection of politics and technology. Vargas has covered video game culture and race and demographics, among other topics, and his yearlong series on HIV/AIDS in Washington is now the subject of a feature-length documentary titled “The Other City,” slated for release in 2010.

He won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, and has written for the San Francisco
Chronicle and New York magazine. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

A.C. Thompson: "The Future of Investigative Reporting: New Challenges, New Models"
April 16, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McLaren Hall, 250

A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to producing quality investigative journalism. Before going to work for ProPublica in New York City, Thompson spent nearly a decade toiling in Bay Area newsrooms, working as a staff writer for both SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His reporting has helped to exonerate two men wrongly convicted of murder, exposed slum conditions in San Francisco public housing, and, most recently, prompted the New Orleans Police Department to investigate shootings that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He is a co-founder of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a collaborative effort by print, TV, radio, and web reporters to uncover the truth about the 2007 slaying of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Re-Making the News Conference: "International Perspectives"
April 30, 2009
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Berman Hall (Fromm)

“The News Environment in China and Hong Kong and the Role of Independent Media”
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Lam Oi Wan teaches "Cyberpolitics" in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and works as Northeast Asia editor and coordinator for globalvoicesonline.org  and global voices advocacy project (regarding internet censorship).

Iam-chong Ip teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and is one of the founders of the Hong Kong In-media (www.inmediahk.net ).

Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Pacific Rim, the Journalism Innovations II Conference, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the Asian American Studies Program.

“Crossing the Border with the News”
7:00 – 9:00pm

"Drug Violence in Mexico: Perspectives on Local and International News Coverage"
For more than 12 years, journalist Franc Contreras has been covering Mexico for major international news media organizations. He has contributed to various US public radio programs, including Latino USA on NPR and Marketplace, and currently works for Al-Jazeera in Mexico City.

“News from Below: Peoples Media Networks in Mesoamerica"
Luz Ruíz is co-founder of COMPPA, Coalition of Popular Communicators for Autonomy, with whom she works as a media and popular communications trainer in the Mesoamerican region. Ruíz has also been involved in independent media and indigenous radio trainings since 2001.

“NOT Making the News: The Hidden Truth Behind Immigration and the Push for Immigration Reform”
Colin Rajah is Program Director of the International Migrant Rights and Global Justice Program at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), and has written and spoken about migrant rights, international trade and migration.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), the Latin American Studies Program, the Leo T. McCarthy Center, and the Journalism Innovations II Conference.

Journalism Innovations II: “New Work and New Ideas for Making the News”
May 1, 2009
9:00 am-5:00 pm
McLaren Conference Center, University Center & Cowell Hall

** Key-note panels about the “Future of the San Francisco Chronicle” and “What We Were & What We Must Become"

** Workshops about Journalism Education, New Business Models, Health Journalism, Labor Reporting, Neighborhood Journalism, Student Media, and Ethnic Media.

** Hands-on session, including a Social Media Training Lab (English & Spanish Tracks For Skills And Strategies for Twitter, Facebook and More); A Digital Divide & Communications Rights Workshop (connecting marginalized communities with emerging and established media); and Speed Career Coaching.

Join the conversation about journalism and democracy.

More information: http://artsandmedia.net/2009/03/journalism_innovations_ii_may.html  

Co-sponsored with the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Independent Arts & Media, and the Minor in Journalism Studies.