Charlie Hebdo Lessons on Satire & Journalism
Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 1
208 Barton Springs Rd
The satire of Charlie Hebdo pushed the boundaries of freedom of expression to uncomfortable limits. In response to the terrorist slaughter of 12 staff members of the French magazine earlier this year, many wondered if the pen truly is mightier than the sword. The link between satire and journalism is strong and long. A society that tolerates crude jokes can stomach political dissent. Indeed satire is a continuum, on one end lives the editorial cartoon and on the other is a racist characterization of a religious prophet.
And the Internet seems to make everything worse. It speeds the distribution of offensive material, amplifies the voices of those would fan the flames of fanatics and encourages haters to ban together and plot revenge.
Can satire survive the digital age? Will it do so hand in hand journalism?
Editor in Chief
Andy Carvin recently joined First Look Media as one of its senior editors. Prior to First Look, Andy was senior strategist at NPR's social media desk, where he leads NPR's efforts to integrate soci...Show the rest
Andy Carvin recently joined First Look Media as one of its senior editors. Prior to First Look, Andy was senior strategist at NPR's social media desk, where he leads NPR's efforts to integrate social media into the newsroom. Since 2006, Andy has pioneered NPR's use of Twitter and Facebook in its reporting, most notably during the Arab Spring, during which he used social media to become a virtually embedded reporter among revolutionary groups. Collaborating with his tens of thousands of Twitter followers, he broke news from across the region, debunked rumors and authenticated footage. For this work, Andy won a 2012 Knight Batten Award for journalism innovation and was named Best Journalist on Twitter during the 2012 Shorty Awards. He was also a finalist for the TIME 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is also the author of Distant Witness, a book about his experiences using social media to cover the Arab Spring.Hide the rest
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Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She is the Vice President for Academic Programs at the Poynter Institute. The world’s large...Show the rest
Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She is the Vice President for Academic Programs at the Poynter Institute. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently quote her expertise.
After getting her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, she began her career as a police reporter in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, covering meth dealers and white supremacists. She earned a master’s degree in theology from Gonzaga University and gained a national reputation as a religion reporter.
At Poynter, she has served as the director of the college fellowship program, ESPN’s ombudsman, and the founder of the Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation initiative examining the effects of technology on democracy. In 2015 she is lead faculty for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Journalism.Hide the rest