Journalism and Crisis (April 15–17, NYC)

This series facilitates discussions about some of the most critical questions facing journalists and journalism today, particularly in an international context.

The Columbia Global Paris Center, Le Monde, the Columbia Maison Française, and Villa Albertine invite you to join in on these vital conversations, held in New York City from April 15 to 17.

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Tuesday, April 16 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
The Forum at Columbia University | 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

World-renowned journalists on the threats they face

  • Ethical Responsibilities and Personal Risk, moderated by Lydia Polgreen, New York Times and Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Collaborating Across Borders, moderated by Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • Trust and Transparency, moderated by Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker and Columbia Journalism School



Monday, April 15 2024 from 12–1:00 p.m.
Maison Française at Columbia University | 515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

Will Europe emerge more unified or more divided by the current war in Ukraine?

Sylvie Kauffmann (Le Monde) in conversation with Alexander Stille (Columbia Journalism) about The Blindsided: How Berlin and Paris Cleared the Way for Russia



Monday, April 15 2024 from 6–7:30 p.m.
Joseph D. Jamail Hall, Columbia Journalism School | Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States

War reporters put their safety at risk to preserve access to information.

A discussion on the obstacles encountered by journalists in conflict zones, using the example of Gaza, with Tanya Habjouqa (visual journalist, Jordan/USA), Ameera Harouda (journalist in Gaza, Palestine), Dalia Hatuqa (journalist specialist of Israel/Palestine), Gideon Levy (Haaretz), and Gilles Paris (Le Monde), moderated by David Remnick (The New Yorker)




Monday, April 15 2024 from 7–9 p.m.
Villa Albertine at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy | 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075

The narrative of democracies versus authoritarian regimes grows stronger yet more contested.

A debate on the potential of journalists to continue serving as democracy’s gatekeepers with Sylvie Kauffmann (Le Monde), Julia Angwin (Proof News, New York Times), and Anya Schiffrin (Columbia SIPA), moderated by Justin Hendrix (Tech Policy Press).



Wednesday, April 17 2024 from 6–7:30 p.m.
Maison Française at Columbia University | 515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

What counts as evidence, and how can it be used in news reporting?

A discussion on visual investigation in journalism with Asia Balluffier (Le Monde), Pooja Chaudhuri (Bellingcat), and Santiago Lyon (Content Authenticity Initiative), moderated by Mounir Ibrahim (Truepic)



Journalism and Crisis: A letter from Le Monde in English Editor-in-Chief Elvire Camus

Published in Le Monde in English on April 3, 2024.

Dear readers,

It is no news that journalism is going through difficult times. Along with the economic crisis all media organizations have been experiencing since the advent of the internet and the collapse of advertising, newsrooms now have to find ways to compete with the GAFAM and find themselves confronted with increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaigns coming from private or state entities.

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Journalism and Crisis: Sylvie Kauffmann (Le Monde) asks whether Europe paved the way for Putin

Read a preview of Les aveuglés (Stock, 2023).

On 24th February 2022 the world fell apart: Putin invaded Ukraine and pulverised stability in Europe. Three decades earlier, everyone was convinced that the end of the Cold War heralded a new era typified by the triumph of liberal democracy. But over the years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the East was growing increasingly aggressive; young democracies in central Europe fell into the trap of populism; while in the West, Donald Trump abused American democracy and threatened international order.

Why did we get it so badly wrong? What warning signs did we ignore?

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Media Contacts

Marie Doezema
Special Projects Manager, Columbia Global Paris Center
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Marika Olsen
Director of Communications, Columbia Global
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This series is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, the Dart Center, the Alliance Program, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Forbidden Stories, and the Middle East Institute.