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"Covering the Southern Borders: European & US Journalists Compare Reporting on Immigration & Immigrants in the Mediterranean & the Southwestern US" April 27

Senior reporters and editors from American, British, French, and Italian media - including The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, The Guardian, Le Monde and The New York Times- will discuss their experiences covering immigration at a roundtable at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to get insight into one of the most urgent social, political, cultural and economic issues of the 21st century from the journalists who cover it from the front lines for some of the most widely read international media.

Immigration has grabbed headlines around the world in the wake of Arizona's controversial immigration law and the European Union's heated reaction to North African immigrants in the aftermath of the "Arab Spring." What is it like to cover these controversial issues for today's leading news organizations at a time of crisis for journalism?

Addressing that question will be: Daniel González, senior immigration reporter, Arizona Republic; John Hooper, Rome correspondent, The Guardian; Laure Mandeville, U.S. bureau chief, Le Figaro; Guido Olimpio, special correspondent, Corriere della Sera; Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent, The New York Times; Domenico
Stinellis, national photo editor for Italy and the Vatican, The Associated Press; and Elise Vincent, social affairs reporter, Le Monde.

Prof. Giovanna Dell'Orto of the SJMC, who is a former Associated Press immigration reporter, will moderate the conversation, and leading scholars of transatlantic media and politics from New York University, the University of California, Berkeley, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the International Organization for Migration will provide essential background.

The event - free and open to the public - will be held in 130 Murphy Hall (Minneapolis, East Bank campus). The closest parking is at the Church Street Garage and the Washington Avenue Ramp. See: http://campusmaps.umn.edu/tc/map.php?extent=east

Questions? Contact Prof. Dell'Orto, dell0014(at)umn.edu or 612-626-2951

Special thanks to the event's generous sponsors: Center for German and European Studies; School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Institute for Global Studies; Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy; European Studies Consortium; the department of Political Science; the department of French and Italian; Immigration History
Research Center.

Giovanna Dell'Orto, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Minnesota
217 Murphy Hall, 206 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 626-2951
Meaka Pitschka, Program Associate, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
University of Minnesota
100 University International Center
331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA

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