Symposium explores what it means to work during a presidential administration that routinely refers to the press as an “enemy of the people," among other urgent questions facing journalists across genres, subjects, and publications.

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        “Journalism Under Pressure” is a symposium that champions the vital work of contemporary US journalists and examines the various pressures journalism faces at this particular historical moment. What does journalism look like in a culture that has come to misunderstand or eschew objectivity? What are the implications of working as a journalist during a presidential administration that routinely refers to the press as an “enemy of the people?” In what ways have social media corporations influenced and even controlled the news cycle? How have the rhythms of the attention economy and the expectation to produce endless “sharable content” informed the work of journalists? How can institutions build better, more inclusive newsrooms? What are the possible responses to the economic and job security pressures faced by journalists and publications alike?

         To take up these urgent questions, journalists working across a range of subjects, genres, and publications will join in a series of panel discussions on Tuesday, March 10 from 2-to-8:15 p.m. at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Pl., New York, N.Y.). The symposium, organized by Gallatin faculty members Sara Murphy and Amanda Petrusich, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit or call 212.998. 7365. RSVP is required. [Subways: R/W (Eighth Street-New York University), F/M (Broadway/Lafayette), 6 (Astor Place)].


Alumni in Journalism

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Featuring Hazel Cills (BA ’16), Brittany Sapnos (BA ’14), Ryan Leas (BA ’13), and Maria Sherman (BA ’13).

Music and Culture Writing

4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Featuring Michael Agger (The New Yorker), Joe Coscarelli (The New York Times), Brittany Spanos (Rolling Stone) and Sam Sodomsky (Pitchfork), moderated by Ben Ratliff.

Reporting Identity

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Featuring Hazel Cills (Jezebel), Lauretta Charlton (The New York Times), Pier Dominquez (BA ’05; BuzzFeed), and Vanessa Grigoriadis (Vanity Fair/The New York Times), moderated by Kate Bolick.

Political Journalism

7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Featuring Nina Berman, David Dent (NYU Journalism), Johnny Dwyer (The Intercept), Sarah Leonard (The Nation/Dissent), moderated by Lauren Walsh.


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