Year: 2019

ProPublica journalist guest speaker

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A senior ProPublica editor spoke to Hunter news literacy students on Nov. 14 about verifying information, using his own experience investigating an incident involving the NYPD on Halloween as a teachable moment.

Deputy Manager Eric Umansky told students in Professor Sissel McCarthy’s MEDIA 211 class that it’s a journalist’s job to uncover the facts and then convey them accurately and powerfully. “You need to be incredibly precise with the facts or whomever you are writing about will undermine you,” said Umansky. “We bring the receipts.”

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Prof. Sissel McCarthy addresses Foreign Correspondents inaugural awards ceremony

Journalists from around the globe turned out for the Association of Foreign Correspondents USA inaugural awards and scholarships ceremony at the Roosevelt House on Nov. 4. Hunter College Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy kicked off the event with a speech about the growing threat to journalism and journalists here and abroad. “Tonight is an opportunity to celebrate the important work foreign journalists and indeed all journalists are doing around the world. Foreign correspondents, like so many of you here tonight, are on the frontlines in the battle of information to hold those in power accountable,” said McCarthy, who also emceed the event. “According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2018, 56 journalists were killed, 250 jailed and 65 went missing,  making it one of the most dangerous years ever to be a journalist. We also remember tonight the 19 who have been killed already this year, many of them in Mexico, which now is the most deadly country in the world to be a journalist.” Several foreign correspondents echoed these remarks, describing firsthand the risks they have faced in their countries.  

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