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May18

Straddling the Border: Forces Pushing Central American Migrants North While Still Keeping Them in Limbo

On May 18, the OPC and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will host a panel discussion analyzing the root causes of the migration of people crossing into the US illegally. Why are so many people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador desperate to leave home and work in the US? How did they end up stranded in Mexico? What should the US do about it?

Straddling the Border: Forces Pushing Central American Migrants North While Still Keeping Them in Limbo

Name: Straddling the Border: Forces Pushing Central American Migrants North While Still Keeping Them in Limbo
Date&Time: 18 May 2021 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Zoom video conferencing app

Former President Donald Trump tried to build a wall to stop migrants from Central America entering the United States by crossing the border with Mexico. One of the first actions President Joe Biden took when he entered office in January was to denounce the wall and cancel spending for its construction. Creating a new policy to treat the migrants humanely while stemming the flow of people crossing into the US illegally is one of the biggest challenges Biden faces.

On May 18, the OPC and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will host a panel discussion analyzing the root causes of the migration. Why are so many people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador desperate to leave home and work in the US? How did they end up stranded in Mexico? What should the US do about it?

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Tracy Wilkinson, senior foreign policy writer for the Los Angeles Times and a longtime OPC member, will lead the discussion. Tracy has won multiple OPC awards for her coverage of Mexico and migrants.

Two of the panelists won OPC awards this year. Maria Hinojosa, President & Founder of Futuro Media, was part of a group that won The Lowell Thomas Award for Best radio, audio, or podcast coverage of international affairs for “The Moving Border.”

Kate Morrissey of the San Diego Union-Tribune and colleagues won the Robert Spiers Benjamin Award for best reporting in any medium on Latin America for a series that looked into what really happens to those seeking the promise of asylum.

Carlos Dada is a founder and director of El Faro, a news website established in El Salvador in 1998 and known for independent and high-quality journalism in Central America.

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Book Nights

Jun09

Book Night – An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen

Please join us for a Book Night with veteran journalist Peter L. W. Osnos to discuss his memoir, An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen. John Darnton, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and novelist who worked over 40 years for The New York Times, will lead the discussion…

Book Night – An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen

Name: Book Night – An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen
Date&Time: 09 June 2021 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom

Please join us for a Book Night with veteran journalist Peter L. W. Osnos to discuss his memoir, An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen. John Darnton, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and novelist who worked over 40 years for The New York Times, will lead the discussion.

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An Especially Good View spans a half century in journalism and publishing, reflecting on a life that began during World War II in India where Osnos was born. As a journalist Osnos worked for the legendary I.F. Stone and was a correspondent for The Washington Post covering the war in Vietnam and the Soviet Union in the Cold War era. He was also the Post’s foreign and national editor.

At Random House and the company he founded, PublicAffairs, he was responsible for books by four presidents -Carter, Clinton, Obama and Trump; celebrated Washington figures including Robert McNamara, House Speaker Tip O’Neill and Vernon Jordan, first ladies Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan; Russian President Boris Yeltsin; the billionaire George Soros; basketball superstars Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson; and journalists including Sam Donaldson, Meg Greenfield, Don Hewitt, Molly Ivins, Ward Just, Brian Lamb, Jim Lehrer, Roger Mudd, Andy Rooney and Morley Safer.

An Especially Good View is published by Platform Books, a new imprint established by Osnos and his wife, Susan Sherer Osnos.

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OPC Awards

Oct22

OPC Annual Awards Dinner

The OPC is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual awards dinner on Oct. 22 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan…

OPC Annual Awards Dinner

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Date&Time: 22 October 2021
Location: Cipriani, 25 Broadway, New York City

Network with Leading Global Journalists

October 22, 2021 | Cipriani, 25 Broadway, New York City.

The OPC is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual awards dinner on Oct. 22 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Please mark your calendars now; we are planning a rousing evening of celebration and gratitude.

The Overseas Press Club of America is the nation’s oldest and largest association of journalists engaged in international news. Every April, it awards the most prestigious prizes devoted exclusively to international news coverage for an American audience.

Top editors of all major media companies attend the OPC’s annual awards dinner to network with colleagues and celebrate the work that journalists do covering the world. Foreign correspondents, photojournalists and freelancers fly to New York to collect their prizes.

Journalism has become an increasingly hazardous occupation, even as it has grown increasingly crucial to an ever more connected planet. The club’s mission is to uphold the highest standards in news reporting, advance the cause of press freedom, and help educate a new generation of journalists. It was founded in 1939 by nine foreign correspondents in New York City, and has grown to almost 500 members world-wide.

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Book Nights

Jul07

Book Night – A Grand Strategy: Countering China, Taming Technology and Restoring the Media

OPC Past President Bill Holstein will discuss his new book, A Grand Strategy: Countering China, Taming Technology and Restoring the Media, with OPC members on July 7 on Zoom. OPC Governor John Avlon, Senior Political Analyst and anchor at CNN, will lead the discussion…

Book Night – A Grand Strategy: Countering China, Taming Technology and Restoring the Media

Name: Book Night – An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen
Date&Time: 07 July 2021 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom

OPC Past President Bill Holstein will discuss his new book, A Grand Strategy: Countering China, Taming Technology and Restoring the Media, with OPC members on July 7 on Zoom. OPC Governor John Avlon, Senior Political Analyst and anchor at CNN, will lead the discussion.

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Holstein recounts many of his adventures as a foreign correspondent and editor covering South Africa, China, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Germany and Russia. He won an OPC award in 1980 for his coverage of China’s early modernization efforts and later became Beijing bureau chief for United Press International.

China remains a core focus for Holstein to this day. One of the critical issues America faces is the emergence of a much more powerful and, he argues, aggressive China. “Technology has become the central battleground in the global struggle between the United States and China over whose systems and whose values will prevail. It is a technological arms race that far exceeds the Soviet challenge in scale and complexity.”

Big Tech companies is a second central theme. Holstein argues that rather than seeking to break them up, as many are proposing, it would be wiser to preserve a measure of trust between government and the private sector so that they can cooperate to improve America’s information and communications systems, which are riddled by Chinese penetrations, and cooperate on critical technologies of the future such as 5G and 6G wireless telecommunications networks.

Big Tech, Holstein writes, needs to be reined in in terms of its use of “content” from established mainstream media companies and, following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol fueled by social media, it must start taking a measure of responsibility for what it posts and must sharply limit the use of algorithms to fan the flames of hate and divisiveness.

A Grand Strategy is published by Brick Tower Press.

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Journalism Contests

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

January 29, 2021
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Do you - or a reporter you know - have a great idea for an investigative or enterprise story on an important business or financial topic, but few resources to get it done?

If so, the McGraw Center for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.

Grants up to $15K for Investigative & Enterprise Business Reporting  — Apply by January 20, 2021

Time and again, we’ve seen the impact deeply-reported stories that “Follow the Money” can have in bringing questionable practices to light.

For many journalists, however, devoting the time and resources needed for such projects is increasingly difficult – particularly amidst the recent wave of layoffs and cutbacks in the news industry.

That’s where the McGraw Center for Business Journalism can play a role.

Applications are now open for the Winter 2021 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The Fellowships, awarded twice a year, provide experienced journalists with funds and editorial support to produce high-impact investigative and enterprise stories on critical issues related to the U.S. economy, finance or business.

The upcoming deadline to apply is January 29, 2020

  • Each Fellow receives a grant of up to $15,000
  • No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices
  • Fellowships are open to both freelance and staff journalists with at least five years experience
  • Applications accepted from both reporters and editors
  • Applications in any type of media — print, audio, video and digital — will be considered

Previous McGraw Fellows have explored a wide variety of topics — and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many have been generalists, or follow beats such as health care or the environment. Others have focused on issues such as economic justice or corporate accountability. Here are some examples of their work:

If you’d like to join them, you’ll find more information, an FAQ, and the application at www.mcgrawcenter.org. You can also contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu with further questions. Applications for Winter 2021 Fellowship are due January 29, 2021. Summer 2021 applications will be due July 16, 2021.

The McGraw Center for Business Journalism was established at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2014 by the family of the late Harold W. McGraw, Jr., former chairman and CEO of McGraw-Hill and long-time publisher of BusinessWeek magazine. The Center is dedicated to enhancing the depth and quality of business and economic news coverage through training, student scholarships and support for veteran journalists.

The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in midtown Manhattan is the only publicly supported graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Led by Dean Sarah Bartlett, the School offers three 16 month Master’s degree programs: an M.A. in Journalism, Spanish Language Journalism, or Social Journalism.

CONTACT:
Jane Sasseen
Executive Director
McGraw Center for Business Journalism
mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu
917-748-8257