The earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12th silenced virtually all of the media in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Within hours, however, the country's journalists were back on the scene. Joined by colleagues from around the world, the Haitian press has been crucial to the country’s recovery—knitting together shattered communities, monitoring the relief response, keeping the Haitian diaspora in touch with home and the rest of the world aware of the country’s needs. With hundreds of thousands of Haitians still homeless and without vital services, an election approaching and a world losing interest, how well is the media performing its job, and what is the role of journalism in rebuilding a nation?
This panel is jointly sponsored by the Dart Center, Maria Moors Cabot Prizes and the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia.
Moderator: Bruce Shapiro
Panelists: Jean Roland Chery, Consultant, Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalist in Exile, New York, NY; Michèle Montas, Journalist, Cabot Prize Board Member, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Gary Pierre-Pierre, Editor and Publisher, The Haitian Times, Brooklyn, NY; Mario Viau, Managing Director, SignalFM, 2010 Cabot Special Citation Winner, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Wednesday, October 27, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Lecture Hall, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027