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Solidarity Reporting on Afghanistan: Resisting Dehumanizing Portrayals

August 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Solidarity Reporting on Afghanistan: Resisting Dehumanizing Portrayals

Afghanistan and Afghan people have been at the forefront of media coverage and social media feeds since the Taliban took control of the country in late August.

Many news organizations are covering the implications of this moment, with some calling for greater solidarity and accountability – while other news organizations have backslid into dehumanizing portrayals of Afghan people as helpless, dependent, and dangerous.

How can journalists better represent the voices and experiences of Afghan people at this time? Who should we think of as experts on Afghanistan? What does solidarity reporting on Afghanistan look like?

Join Azeta Hatef (Emerson College, journalism studies) and Anita Varma (UT Austin, Solidarity Journalism Initiative) for a discussion of key issues in reporting on Afghanistan, opportunities to foster greater solidarity, and specific examples of recent coverage that provide accurate, humane representations while insisting we not look away.

Azeta Hatef is an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at Emerson College. Her work explores questions related to identity, belongingness, and representation, with a specific focus on media and Afghanistan. Azeta has conducted research in Afghanistan examining the complex beauty industry. She has also written about the development of independent media in Afghanistan following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 and the representation of Afghan women in U.S. media.

Anita Varma leads the Solidarity Journalism Initiative at the Center for Media Engagement (UT Austin). The Solidarity Journalism Initiative began at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Santa Clara University). Anita is a publicly engaged researcher and educator, and helps journalists implement solidarity techniques in their reporting on marginalized communities. She also serves on the board of SPJ (Northern California Chapter) and the advisory board of The Objective.

This workshop is free, virtual, and open to all reporters, journalism students, and journalism educators.


August 25, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students
Center for Media Engagement, Moody College

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