The news and just the news; why the media feels moved to inject opinion.

Friday, February 15, 2019 3:10 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

William Dowell
William Dowell spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to that he worked for both NBC and ABC News on a wide range of foreign assignments that included the war in Vietnam, the revolution and post revolution in Iran, the civil war in Lebanon, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, various conflicts in Africa and international terrorism, along with the impact of climate change on developing countries. In addition, he has published several books. He co-authored, In the Shadow of the Dragon, an account of private sector Chinese companies which now challenging the leading multinationals in the global market place and he did an English translation of leading French Arabist, Francois Burgat's The Islamic Movement in North Africa, which includes exclusive interviews with many of the leading thinkers of the Islamic movement. He also recently co-edited the 4th Edition of the Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan. Prior to that he worked on information management for an emergency response team at CARE International providing quick response to major disasters in the Third World. The areas covered in the field were drought in the Horn of Africa, earthquakes in the Northwest Frontier Province in Pakistan, floods and cyclones in Bangladesh. He also worked on assignment in Aceh Province in Indonesia for the Swiss-based Henri Durant Center for Humanitarian Dialogue where he organized town meetings throughout the province in an effort to arrive at a peace settlement between the Indonesian government in Jakarata and separatist rebel movement. He also carried out numerous reporting and writing assignments for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He had substantial editing assignments with the United Nations Environmental Program, and he worked on writing assignments for the International Trace Center, a bridge organization linking the United Nations and the World Trade Organization on developing export strategies for Myanmar (Burma), Kyrgyzstan, India, and the Horn of Africa.
Douglas Herbert
Douglas Herbert launched his journalism career from the bedroom of his childhood home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, hand-writing the Sunday weekly, House News, for a readership of two: his mom and dad. A decade and a half later, in the early 1990s, Douglas landed his first foreign assignment, drinking his way through the vineyards of southwest France as a writer and researcher for Harvard University's student-published Let's Go travel guide. Douglas subsequently freelanced in the Moscow bureau of The New York Times, chronicling the chaotic reality of a New Russia in the wake of Soviet collapse. After reporting stints in Tallinn, Estonia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Douglas joined CNN, initially at its financial desk in New York City and, later, at CNN International in London, covering the European Union and EU expansion. Today, Douglas is a Paris-based commentator on world affairs for France 24, an international news channel that he joined at its launch in 2006. Douglas has reported from nearly a dozen G7 and G20 summits, from Cannes to Québec to Northern Ireland; UN General Assemblies; the 2016 US presidential election campaign, from the national party conventions to Donald Trump's inauguration; and on the Ukrainian conflict. Douglas's guests on the France 24 Interview show have included Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Garry Kasparov and Stephen Breyer. For the past six years, Douglas has taught a graduate-level fact-checking course at Paris's Sciences Po Journalism School. Last November, he spent a week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan training a new generation of TV journalists in live reporting and breaking news. An avid Russophile, Douglas received his Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University. If Douglas could banish one term from the English lexicon, it would be: Fake News.
Marguerite Moritz
Marguerite Moritz is Professor Emerita and UNESCO Chair in International Journalism Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She made her first trip to China in 1981as a Gannet Fellow in Asian Studies and over the span of her career has been a visiting scholar at major universities in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Her workshops and seminars on China Through TIME examine the magazine's impact on perceptions of China during the reign of founder Henry Luce and are underwritten by CU's Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Moritz began her career as a journalist and her research looks at professional codes and practices in contemporary news and entertainment media. She examines the creation and use of images in the digital era and has written extensively on the intersection of race, class and gender in visual depictions of women, gays, Muslims and other marginalized groups. Her work on crisis reporting began two decades ago when she wrote, produced and directed the documentary Covering Columbine which examines journalistic ethics in reporting school shootings. Dr. Moritz served as Faculty Director of International Graduate Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2005-2008. She was on the board of governors of the National TV Academy, Heartland Chapter, and was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's National Research Advisory Board. She currently is producing a documentary on Germany's higher education system for the Goethe Institute. Her doctorate is from the Dept. of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University.
Jim Verhulst
Jim Verhulst edits the op-ed page at the Tampa Bay Times and writes editorials as a member of the editorial board, mostly about science, education, environment and civil rights. He was a 2016 Pulitzer finalist in public service for editorials based on Failure Factories, a series about St. Petersburg schools that were allowed to resegregate, become almost exclusively poor, and then were denied the resources to serve their challenged students. The series went on to win the local reporting Pulitzer for three of the Times' metro reporters. He has contributed on occasion to PolitiFact, the fact-checking website owned by the Poynter Institute, which, in turn, owns the Times.