THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

THE FREEDOM
OF THE PRESS

JOURNALISM
UNDER SIEGE

JUNE 10

Herzliya

JUNE 11

Jerusalem

JUNE 10 -
Herzliya

JUNE 11 -
Jerusalem

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about

In our world today, freedom of speech and freedom of the press cannot be taken for granted, in developing countries as well as in developed ones, where daily measures are taken to discredit, suppress, and marginalize traditional journalism.
In response to this challenge, the Jerusalem Press Club, the Union of Journalists in Israel and the School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, created an international platform for professional cross-border discourse on these topics.

The Freedom of the Press Conference is a unique event in Israel, that enriches both Israeli and foreign journalists through professional workshops that enable them to cope with daily challenges in their journalistic profession. 
In addition, the conference offers an international dialogue with experts, to promote press freedom in Israel and around the world.
The upcoming conference, titled “Journalism under Siege,” while focusing on the issue of freedom of the press, will give journalists professional tools to cope with the challenges to this freedom.

 

about

In our world today, freedom of speech and freedom of the press cannot be taken for granted, in developing countries as well as in developed ones, where daily measures are taken to discredit, suppress, and marginalize traditional journalism. In response to this challenge, the Jerusalem Press Club, the Union of Journalists in Israel and the School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, created an international platform for professional cross-border discourse on these topics.

The Freedom of the Press Conference is a unique event in Israel, that enriches both Israeli and foreign journalists through professional workshops that enable them to cope with daily challenges in their journalistic profession. In addition, the conference offers an international dialogue with experts, to promote press freedom in Israel and around the world. The upcoming conference, titled “Journalism under Siege,” while focusing on the issue of freedom of the press, will give journalists professional tools to cope with the challenges to this freedom.

 

SPEAKERS

As managing editor, Scott Kraft oversees, state, national and international news as well as investigations. He joined the paper as a national correspondent in Chicago and was bureau chief in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing, he also was a Pulitzer juror in International Reporting in 2014 and chair of the Public Service jury in 2015.

Scott Kraft:

Managing Editor, LA Times

Linda Qiu is the fact-check reporter for the New York Times, based in Washington D.C. She joined the Times in 2017. Previously, she was a staff reporter at PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking outlet in the United States.

Linda Qiu:

Fact-check reporter, The New York Times

Johnny Harris is a filmmaker and journalist. He is currently based in Washington, DC, where he makes web videos for Vox.com, reporting on interesting trends and stories domestically and around the globe. Johnny's visual style blends motion graphics with cinematic videography to create content that explains complex issues in relatable ways. He holds a BA in international relations from Brigham Young University and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University.

Jonny Harris:

Senior Video Journalist, Vox

Avner Hofstein has been an investigative journalist for the last 25 years. He has worked in many Israeli publications including Yedioth Ahronoth, Galei Tzahal, Channel 10 and Reshet, in various capacities. He won several awards for his work. Hofstein teaches journalism at Tel Aviv University, Emek Israel college and is a staff member of the Open University.

Avner Hofstein:

Chief investigative correspondent

One of the founders of "Man-Barak Advocates, Solicitors & Notary", received both his LL.B. and M.B.A., specializing in finance, from the University of Manchester (UK). Man is the chief legal advisor of "Hatzlacha” (Success, in Hebrew), The Consumers' Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy. The overall objective of Hatzlacha is to actively promote and encourage proper civil enforcement of regulation and compliance.

Elad Man:

Chief legal advisor of ‘Hatzlacha’

Leonor Suárez is one of the pioneer journalists in the use of mobile devices to shoot and edit stories for broadcasting TV. She has produced award-winning documentaries shot and edited entirely on her phone and has won several international prizes for her work. She works as a video-journalist and news editor at the public television of Asturias, in Spain. She is a speaker at the main international conferences on mobile journalism.

Leonor Suárez:

Mobile Journalism Expert

Marianne Bouchart is the founder and director of HEI-DA, a media nonprofit, building data journalism, open data and web innovation projects around the world. She runs data journalism programs in various regions, including HEI-DA's Sensor Journalism Toolkit project, and manages the Data Journalism Awards competition

Marianne Bouchart:

Manager of the data journalism awards

Dan is a designer, photographer, and creative director based between London and NYC. Co-founder of The Photographic Journal, IPA Jury member and co-curator of the portrait photography exhibition 100 | 50 | 1. One of Instagram's earliest beta-testers and a speaker at the world's first mobile photography conference. Dan’s first photographic book, Koya Bound (Winner, AIGA Cover Design Award, 2017), was published in 2016 by Pre/Post in Japan.

Dan Rubin:

Designer, Photographer, and Creative Director

Dan is a designer, photographer, and creative director based between London and NYC. Co-founder of The Photographic Journal, IPA Jury member and co-curator of the portrait photography exhibition 100 | 50 | 1. One of Instagram's earliest beta-testers and a speaker at the world's first mobile photography conference. Dan’s first photographic book, Koya Bound (Winner, AIGA Cover Design Award, 2017), was published in 2016 by Pre/Post in Japan.

Aluf Benn:

Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz
David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, the Jewish world’s leading current affairs website with 30 million monthly page views. The Times of Israel also publishes in French, Arabic and Persian and has just launched its Hebrew site: Zman Yisrael. Horovitz was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (from 2004-2011). He has written from Israel for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and others.

david horovitz:

Editor, The Times of Israel

Naama Sikuler is a senior Israeli journalist, editor in chief of Globes, daily evening financial newspaper, the largest and the oldest of its kind in Israel. Previously, Sikuler was the news editor for Calcalist, Israeli daily business newspaper and website. She hosts a weekly radio show alongside Shalom Kital at Kan Bet.

naama sikuler:

Editor-in-Chief, Globes
Magdalena Rigamonti is a Polish award-winning journalist. She started her career at Newsweek, Polish edition, in 2002 and these days she works in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP), one of the main dailies in Poland. She conducts interviews with politicians mainly. Magdalena and her husband, Maximilian, are the authors of many books, including The Echo, a photobook about the Volhynia massacre, which was awarded the Photography Book of the Year 2018 in Pictures of the Year International.

magdalena rigamonti:

Senior Polish Journalist

Yair Tarchitsky is an Israeli journalist and the Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Israel. He has written and edited for prominent Israeli media outlets including Maariv, Haaretz, Yedioth Achronot, Globes, Galey Tsahal and others. He also serves as a member of the Directorate of the Israel Press Council. He has a B.A in Sociology and Communication from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a M.A in Communication from Haifa University.

yair tarchitsky:

Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Israel

Paula Slier has worked in broadcasting for 25 years as a foreign correspondent, anchorwoman and news editor and has received numerous awards for her work. Her assignments have taken her across the globe and she can often be seen reporting from the front-lines of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

paula slier:

Middle East Bureau Chief, Russia Today

Linoy Bar Geffen is an Israeli journalist for the past 21, who’ve worked in different leading media outlets. Linoy is also a lecturer and social activist.

Linoy Bar Geffen:

Journalist and TV Presenter

SPEAKERS

Johnny Harris is a filmmaker and journalist. He is currently based in Washington, DC, where he makes web videos for Vox.com, reporting on interesting trends and stories domestically and around the globe. Johnny's visual style blends motion graphics with cinematic videography to create content that explains complex issues in relatable ways. He holds a BA in international relations from Brigham Young University and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University.
Linda Qiu is the fact-check reporter for the New York Times, based in Washington D.C. She joined the Times in 2017. Previously, she was a staff reporter at PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking outlet in the United States.
As managing editor, Scott Kraft oversees, state, national and international news as well as investigations. He joined the paper as a national correspondent in Chicago and was bureau chief in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing, he also was a Pulitzer juror in International Reporting in 2014 and chair of the Public Service jury in 2015.

Johnny Harris

Linda qiu

Scott Kraft

Senior Video Journalist, Vox

Fact-check reporter, The New York Times

Managing Editor, LA Times

Leonor Suárez is one of the pioneer journalists in the use of mobile devices to shoot and edit stories for broadcasting TV. She has produced award-winning documentaries shot and edited entirely on her phone and has won several international prizes for her work. She works as a video-journalist and news editor at the public television of Asturias, in Spain. She is a speaker at the main international conferences on mobile journalism.
One of the founders of "Man-Barak Advocates, Solicitors & Notary", received both his LL.B. and M.B.A., specializing in finance, from the University of Manchester (UK). Man is the chief legal advisor of "Hatzlacha” (Success, in Hebrew), The Consumers' Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy. The overall objective of Hatzlacha is to actively promote and encourage proper civil enforcement of regulation and compliance.
Avner Hofstein has been an investigative journalist for the last 25 years. He has worked in many Israeli publications including Yedioth Ahronoth, Galei Tzahal, Channel 10 and Reshet, in various capacities. He won several awards for his work. Hofstein teaches journalism at Tel Aviv University, Emek Israel college and is a staff member of the Open University.

Leonor Suárez

Elad Man

Avner Hofstein

Mobile Journalism Expert

Chief legal advisor of ‘Hatzlacha’

Chief investigative correspondent

Aluf Benn is the editor-in-chief of Haaretz, Israel's elite newspaper. A veteran of Haaretz since 1989, Benn held several writing and editing positions in the paper, including diplomatic correspondent, chief news editor and opinion editor. He covered six Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Binyamin Netanyahu. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and The Guardian.
Dan is a designer, photographer, and creative director based between London and NYC. Co-founder of The Photographic Journal, IPA Jury member and co-curator of the portrait photography exhibition 100 | 50 | 1. One of Instagram's earliest beta-testers and a speaker at the world's first mobile photography conference. Dan’s first photographic book, Koya Bound (Winner, AIGA Cover Design Award, 2017), was published in 2016 by Pre/Post in Japan.
Marianne Bouchart is the founder and director of HEI-DA, a media nonprofit, building data journalism, open data and web innovation projects around the world. She runs data journalism programs in various regions, including HEI-DA's Sensor Journalism Toolkit project, and manages the Data Journalism Awards competition

Aluf Benn

Dan Rubin

Marianne Bouchart

Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz

Designer, Photographer, and Creative Director

Manager of the data journalism awards

David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, the Jewish world’s leading current affairs website with 30 million monthly page views. The Times of Israel also publishes in French, Arabic and Persian and has just launched its Hebrew site: Zman Yisrael. Horovitz was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (from 2004-2011). He has written from Israel for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and others.
Naama Sikuler is a senior Israeli journalist, editor in chief of Globes, daily evening financial newspaper, the largest and the oldest of its kind in Israel. Previously, Sikuler was the news editor for Calcalist, Israeli daily business newspaper and website. She hosts a weekly radio show alongside Shalom Kital at Kan Bet.
Magdalena Rigamonti is a Polish award-winning journalist. She started her career at Newsweek, Polish edition, in 2002 and these days she works in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP), one of the main dailies in Poland. She conducts interviews with politicians mainly. Magdalena and her husband, Maximilian, are the authors of many books, including The Echo, a photobook about the Volhynia massacre, which was awarded the Photography Book of the Year 2018 in Pictures of the Year International.

david horovitz

naama sikuler

Magdalena rigamonti

Editor, The Times of Israel

Editor-in-Chief, Globes

senior polish journalist

Yair Tarchitsky is an Israeli journalist and the Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Israel. He has written and edited for prominent Israeli media outlets including Maariv, Haaretz, Yedioth Achronot, Globes, Galey Tsahal and others. He also serves as a member of the Directorate of the Israel Press Council. He has a B.A in Sociology and Communication from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a M.A in Communication from Haifa University.
Paula Slier has worked in broadcasting for 25 years as a foreign correspondent, anchorwoman and news editor and has received numerous awards for her work. Her assignments have taken her across the globe and she can often be seen reporting from the front-lines of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.
Linoy Bar Geffen is an Israeli journalist for the past 21, who’ve worked in different leading media outlets. Linoy is also a lecturer and social activist.

yair tarchitsky

Paula Slier

Linoy Bar Geffen

Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Israel

Middle East Bureau Chief, Russia Today

Journalist and TV Presenter

more speakers will be update soon

PROGRAM

Day 1 - Monday, June 10 – IDC, Herzliya

5:00-6:30 PM:  Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1# -The Power of Visuals in Journalism – Johnny Harris, Senior Video Journalist, Vox. 

* The workshop will take place in the TV Studio

Workshop 2# -Data-Journalism: Turning big data into journalistic piece – Marianne Bouchart, Manager of the data-journalism awards 

* The workshop will will take place in the Radio Studio

Workshop 3# -Smartphone Photography – How to Get the Best Out of Your Mobile Photography Workflow– Dan Rubin, photographer and designer. 

* The workshop will take place in class C.208

6:30-7:00 PM:  Get Together & Refreshments

7:00-7:30 PM:  Greetings

Prof. Noam Lemelshtrich-Leter, Dean and Founder, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC Herzliya

Uri Dromi, Director General, Jerusalem Press Club

Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Yair Tarchitsky, Chairman of The Union pf Journalists in Israel

7:30-8:15 PM: Keynote speaker: Scott Kraft, LA Times Managing Editor : Press Freedom in the Era of Trump .

8:15-9:00 PM: Panel: Have we Lost the Public Trust? Candid talk with leading figures in the Israeli media

Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz

Naama Sikuler, Editor-in-Chief, Globes

Shimon Schiffer, Yedioth Ahronoth

Asaf Liberman, Broadcaster, KAN, Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation

Moderator- Mrs. Linoy Bar Geffen, Journalist and TV Presenter

* The panel will be held in Hebrew with English simultaneous translation.

Day 2 -Tuesday, June 11 – Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem

5:00-6:30 PM:  Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1# -The Importance of Fact Checking in an Era of Mass Information – Linda Qiu, Fact Checking Journalist, the NYT. 

* The workshop will take place at Touro Restaurant’s terrace 

Workshop 2# -How to Fight SLAPP Lawsuits Without Fear – Avner Hofstein, Chief Investigative Correspondent and Elad Man, Chief Legal Advisor of “Hatzlacha”. 

* The workshop will take place in JPC lounge

Workshop 3# -Mobile Journalism – One-person Storytelling – Leonor Suarez, Mobile Journalism Expert.

* The workshop will take place in Djanogly Hall 

6:30-7:00 PM:  Get together & Refreshments

Session in Memory of Prof. Moshe Negbi Z”L

7:00-7:30 PM:  Greetings and opening remarks

Felice Friedson, President and CEO, “The Media Line” News Agency

Dan Meridor, Former minister and MK, Chairman of JPC

7:30-7:45 PM: Linda Qiu, Fact Check Reporter, the NYT – Why Facts Matter, and More So Today

7:45-8:40 PM: Panel: From Watchdog of Democracy to Enemy of the People: Governments and the Media

Scott Kraft, Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times

Paula Slier, Middle East Bureau Chief, Russia Today

Magdalena Rigamonti, Senior Polish Journalist

David Horovitz, Editor, Times of Israel

Yair Tarchitsky, Chairman of The Union pf Journalists in Israel

Moderator- Mr. Uri Dromi, Director General, Jerusalem Press Club

8:40-9:15 PM: Foreign Press in the Eyes of the Israeli Press (and Vice Versa) – A One-on-one Dialogue with Senior Journalists from                                  Israel and Abroad.

Joseph Federman, AP Bureau Chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories and Former Chairman of the Foreign Press Association

Oren NahariForeign Editor, Walla News

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