Knight Center
Knight Center

Austin Forum 2010 Program

Sept. 16, 2010 | Sept. 17, 2010 | Sept. 18, 2010

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010: SRH 1.320, University of Texas at Austin

4:00 - 6:00pm Opening Panel Discussion
Dr. Gabriela Polit, UT-Austin Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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Friday, Sept. 17, 2010: Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel
8:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and registration

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome remarks

9:15-9:45 a.m. Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime: framing the discussion
Presentation by Bruce Bagley, professor, University of Miami

9:45-11:00 a.m. A multidimensional problem
Panel moderated by David Holiday, Senior Program Officer, OSF LAP

11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee break

11:15a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reporting drug trafficking in the Americas: It is more than gang wars and body counting!
Panel moderated by Ana Arana, Fundación MEPI, Mexico

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:00 p.m. The current “extreme case” in the Americas: Mexico’s “drug war” and its consequences
Presentation by Samuel Gonzalez, consultant and former head of Mexican government unit against organized crime

2:00-3:30 p.m. Covering Mexico’s drug wars: journalism under siege. What can be done to help Mexican journalists?
Panel moderated by Ricardo Uceda, IPYS

3:30-3:45 p.m. Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 p.m. Reporting from hostile environment: how reporters and editors face dangerous and stressful conditions and what can be done to help.
Panel moderated by Algirdas Lipstas, deputy director, OSF MP

5:00-5:30 p.m. Trauma and Journalism: practical measures reporters should take when covering violence
Presentation by Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

5:30-6:00 p.m. Technology and social media in the coverage of organized crime
Presentation by David Sasaki, OSF LAP

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010: LBJ School, SRH 3.12, 12:30 p.m.
Presentation by Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martínez, author of The Migrants That Don’t Matter: On the Road with Undocumented Central Americans in Mexico

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Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

8:15 a.m. Meet in hotel lobby for transportation to campus (Knight Center, College of Communication, 5th floor: LBJ Conference Room)

8:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at the conference room

9:00-10:30 a.m. Regional, cross-border and global initiatives on coverage of organized crime
Panel moderated by Dilmar Rosas, Celap, Panama
La triple frontera:

Global Investigative Journalists Network:

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Investigative Dashboard:

  • Paul Radu, Romanian Center for Investigative Journalists

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Beyond drug trafficking: investigating organized crime in the Americas
Panel moderated by Luz Maria Helguero, Red de Periodistas de Provincia del Peru

12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:15 p.m. Three working groups (Topics voted by participants on Friday)

  • Group 1 coordinator:
  • Group 2 coordinator:
  • Group 3 coordinator:

2:15-3:00 p.m. The problem of drug trafficking and organized crime in the Caribbean
Panel moderated by Rosental C. Alves, Knight Center

3:00-3:15 p.m. Coffee break

3:15-4:00 p.m. Panel: Covering drug trafficking and organized crime in Central America
Moderated by Carlos Fernando Chamorro, El Confidencial, Nicaragua

4:00-5:00 p.m. Coordinators submit conclusions from working groups for discussion
Moderated by Luis Botello, ICFJ

5:00-6:00 p.m. Conclusions:
Final discussions, starting with brief presentation of Austin Forum’s rapporteur, Tyler Bridges, with highlights of the meeting.
Moderated by Maria Teresa Ronderos