Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists


In these videos, students come face-to-face with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Speakers include journalists, newsmakers, bloggers and war correspondents in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The work of these journalists has an impact, even if the journalists are not household names.

Each session is accompanied by companion materials—including readings, analysis and discussion activities—provided by faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Journalism program.

On-Demand Video Replays

Enroll in the archived replays of the conversations at Poynter NewsU for a nominal fee:

  • Larry C. Price, a two-time Pulitzer winner, is a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist. He has covered crisis and conflict in Africa and Central America, and he was among the first to photograph the pre-Taliban period in Afghanistan. In this conversation, he will discuss the human cost of gold in the Philippines, a project made possible by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Watch the replay here.

  • Jamal Osman’s stories from Somalia take students deep into the lives of the Somali people, who live amid constant danger. Osman’s videos go beyond the usual topics of famine and piracy and help the viewer understand what it’s like to live in that country. In turn, we see the scale and seriousness of the strife affecting Africa. He reports for Britain’s Channel 4. Watch the replay here.

  • Mellissa Fung reported on the battle being waged in the rainforests of Panama over billions of dollars in precious metals. In this conversation, she discusses the challenges of reporting a story in a place where sources have no cell phones and company spokespeople mistrusted her. Fung’s reporting in Panama was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Watch the replay here.

  • Listen to 25-year-old reporter Luis Chaparro discuss what it’s like to report on the border of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. He writes and takes photos for El Diario and for the international news agency Efe. Watch the replay here.

  • Yochi Dreazen tells students what it’s like to report during a war, calling it the most honest form of reporting there is. He also discusses his work on nuclear security in the Middle East—including coverage of the civilian nuclear plant being built in Abu Dhabi, less than a hundred miles from Iran. His reporting on nuclear security was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Watch the replay here.

  • Louisa Lim, NPR's correspondent in Beijing, discusses reporting in China just days before the country unveiled its new leaders in 2012. Lim also made a very rare reporting trip to North Korea, covered illegal abortions in Guangxi province, and worked on the major multimedia series "New Believers: A Religious Revolution in China." Her many prizes include three Human Rights Press Awards. Watch the replay here.

  • Tampa Bay Times reporter Kris Hundley and photojournalist Kathleen Flynn discuss their story 'Testing Grounds', about clinical drug testing in India. Watch the replay here.

  • Meet Sharif Abdel Kouddous, an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a "Democracy Now!" correspondent and a fellow at The Nation Institute. His reporting was the primary source for the HBO documentary "In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution." Watch the replay here.

  • Learn from 22-year-old international backpack journalist Alex Pena as he talks about his experiences as a foreign correspondent in East Africa, South Sudan, Haiti and Mexico. Watch the replay here.

  • Jackie Spinner, a war reporter and Fulbright scholar, discusses reporting in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Watch the replay here.

  • Mary Stucky and Aida Alami report from the under-covered country of Morocco. In this session, they discuss their work, as well as study-abroad opportunities for students to report from Morocco. Watch the replay here.

  • May Ying Welsh, a reporter for Al Jazeera, filmed (undercover) the documentary "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark.". It won several awards, including a 2011 George Polk Award for Television Documentary. Watch the replay here.

WHAT WILL MY STUDENTS LEARN?

Through Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists, your students will:

  • See the challenges that foreign correspondents face in covering the news
  • Understand why getting the truth is important and more difficult than ever
  • Grasp how international coverage applies to their lives
  • Become smarter, more aware news consumers

Questions? For more information, contact Lyn Millner at lmillner@fgcu.edu.


Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Poynter News University
Florida Gulf Coast University

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  • Who should Watch?
    High school and college educators whose students will benefit from becoming better news consumers and from exploring international issues in greater depth.

    Who are the hosts?
    Face-to-Face was produced by Florida Gulf Coast University. The hosts are Lyn Millner, associate professor and journalism program leader, and Richard Kenney, associate professor of journalism and an Ethics Fellow at The Poynter Institute.

    "Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists" was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and produced and hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with Poynter’s NewsU.