Deutsches Haus at NYU presents "Journalism in Troubled Times," a conversation among the Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, SPIEGEL ONLINE's New York correspondent Marc Pitzke, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, which will be moderated by Christian Martin, Max Weber Chair of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.
The panel discussion will focus on what steps need to be taken, both on a domestic as well as on an international level, to hold Donald Trump and his administration accountable for their actions. How can the media bridge the information chasm, when confronted with an increasingly polarized political landscape and a suspicious public, which frequents alt-right digital platforms such as Breitbart, and refers to the Washington Post and the New York Times as "fake news?" How should journalists go about reporting on the many falsehoods, inaccuracies and outright lies put forth by the Trump administration, without in extension amplifying and perpetuating these "alternate facts." These are just a few of the topics we will touch upon in this conversation.
Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of ten books of nonfiction, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, to be published in October 2017. She is also the author of the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012). She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, among other publications. She has received numerous awards, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Carnegie Millennial Fellowship (2015-2016), a Nieman Fellowship (2003-2004), and the 2017 Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. She serves as vice-president of PEN America. Gessen was born in Moscow and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1981, at the age of 14. She returned to Moscow as a correspondent ten years later and stayed, becoming a Russian-language journalist in addition to her work for American magazines. She re-immigrated to the United States in 2013, after her family was targeted by Putin’s antigay campaign. She lives in New York City.
Marc Pitzke was born in Germany, and has been a New Yorker since 1993. He studied journalism in Munich and at Columbia University's School of Journalism, worked for Reuters, several German newspapers and magazines and, since 2003, as the U.S. correspondent for SPIEGEL ONLINE, the web edition of DER SPIEGEL. Major news stories Marc has covered include the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bill Clinton's impeachment, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and six US presidential election campaigns.
Jay Rosen teaches journalism at New York University, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. From 1999 to 2004 he was chair of the department. He is the author of PressThink, a blog about journalism's ordeals in the age of the Web, which he launched in 2003 (http://pressthink.org) In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which was about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Rosen has a Ph.D in media studies from NYU. He writes and speaks frequently about new media and the predicament of the press in a time of rapid transformation. He is also a press critic with a focus on problems in the coverage of politics. On Twitter he is @jayrosen_nyu
Christian Martin is the Max Weber Chair of German and European Studies at NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Kiel (Germany). He holds a doctorate from the University of Konstanz. Before joining NYU, Christian Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena, an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration.
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"Journalism in Troubled Times" is a DAAD-sponsored event.