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CHF 2009: Laughter

Ourselves As Others See Us: One Year Post-Election

Even as globalization takes hold, foreign journalists continue to see and tell US news stories from a different perspective than their American counterparts. One year after the 2008 presidential election, journalists from foreign media channels discussed international depictions of President Barack Obama and the news stories of the moment. Former Chicago Tribune Perspectives editor and columnist Charles Madigan, now presidential writer-in-residence at Roosevelt University, moderated this annual forum of prominent international journalists based in the United States. Panelists included Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, Dmitry Sidorov, and Paulo Sotero.

Speakers and Performers

Charles Madigan

Charles M. Madigan spent forty years in journalism before joining Roosevelt University in Chicago as Presidential Writer- in-Residence. He has worked as senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the editor of the Tribune's "Perspective" section. He is the editor of Global Chicago and co-author of Dangerous Company: Management Consultants and the Businesses They Save and Ruin.

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters is a senior news correspondent for Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) in Washington, D.C. She is the former Washington Bureau senior diplomatic correspondent for Al Arabiya Satellite TV Channel, where she covered the White House and the State Department. She was also the MBC-TV bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dmitry Sidorov

Dmitry Sidorov is the bureau chief of Kommersant, a leading Russian business and political daily in Washington D.C. He is a columnist at the popular Russian liberal opinion-based website (or Daily Magazine in English) and a contributor. His writings have also appeared in The Weekly Standard and FrontPage Magazine.

Paulo Sotero

Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington D.C. From 1989 until 2006 he was the Washington correspondent for Estado de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper, and has been a commentator and analyst on Brazilian affairs on radio and television programs, including the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the Diane Rehm Show and newscasts at CNN International, Voice of America, BBC, and Al Jazeera. He is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
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Leaders And Thinkers

Akbar Ganji (b. 1960)
Iranian journalist
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
French historian famed for his observations of the United States

Good Reads

Le Monde
Daily newspaper published in Paris (French)
Mail & Guardian
Daily newspaper published in Johannesburg (English)
Magazine published in Mexico City (Spanish)

Online Resources

Audio: BBC World Service
News and analysis
International Journalists' Network
Resources connecting journalists
Video: Abebe Gellaw (05/19/2009)
Interview with the exiled Ethiopian journalist