International Women Journalists: Their Voices in the War Zone
Last week, on Wednesday, April 4th, AAJA-NY, the Asian Heritage Network of The New York Times, the New York Press Club, and the Online News Association of New York hosted the event, International Women Journalists: Their Voices in the War Zone.
Attended by about 100 journalists and interested community members, the event featured an anecdotal panel discussion, and question and answer session. Moderated by Rogene Fisher, news editor at the New York Times and former producer of the paper’s At War blog, the panel included highly regarded and renown international women journalists: Raghida Dergham, columnist for Al-Hayat; Stephanie Gaskell, editor in chief of The War Report; Edith Lederer, chief correspondent at the UN for the Associated Press (AP) and the AP’s first female resident correspondent in Vietnam; and Roxana Saberi, a journalist who made headlines after her capture in Iran in 2009 and author of Between Two Worlds.
The journalists discussed their challenges and triumphs while reporting abroad, facing first-hand political and social battles, as well as physical combat. The women shared their stories of unique opportunities, ranging from exclusive one-on-one interviews with local women in Iran, to in depth conversations with U.S. soldiers suffering from PTSD. When an attendee asked the panel for advice for a woman journalist who wants to start a career overseas, Stephanie Gaskell summed up the general opinion of the panel— “Just do it.”