THIRD PARTY EVENT: Are cheap, local hires saving or ruining foreign reporting?

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Online booking for this event has now closed. Tickets will be
available for purchase on the door tonight. How are the rules of
reporting being rewritten by risk? What innovative methods are
journalists using to report from some of the world’s most dangerous
places? Journalists working in areas of conflict reveal how they
get information when traditional techniques are insufficient. The
discussion will focus on the interaction between local hires and
foreign journalists. Local journalists are typically less
conspicuous and more mobile than their foreign counterparts. They
perform a vital service – bringing information from areas that are
off-limits to the foreign press. Perhaps most critically for a
cash-starved news industry, they are also cheaper to use than
Western news gatherers. But are they cutting corners and breaching
ethics? How are the rules of reporting being rewritten by risk? The
event will be led by Richard Pendry of the University of Kent’s
Centre for Journalism. While at Frontline News Television, he
worked in Chechnya and across the former Soviet Union as well as
Afghanistan and the Congo. He will show his film "A Strange
Animal", which focuses on the risks and rewards of adapting
traditional models of news gathering. It follows local reporters in
Falluja and Baghdad and looks at the phenomenon of
"sub-contracting" news gathering, where local reporters pass on
stories one to another when conditions are dangerous. With: Aamer
Ahmed Khan, head of the BBC Urdu Service, has been in journalism
for 25 years. He worked for the English daily newspaper The Nation
in Lahore, joined the launch team of Pakistan’s first English
language weekly The Friday Times as its News Editor and was special
correspondent for Pakistan’s premier political magazine The Herald.
He has worked with local people in Pakistan’s Tribal areas to
identify the victims of US drone strikes. Amie Ferris-Rotman, a
Reuters correspondent in Kabul. She was previously a

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