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SPARK :: Changing the Narrative by Changing the Storyteller :: A Panel Conversation

Who tells the story matters. This power-packed panel of women newsroom leaders are demonstrating that the people closest to the story should become the storytellers of record. Leveraging local in bold new ways, Cristi Hegranes (Global Press) trains and employs local women journalists in some of the world’s least-covered places; Yukari Kane (Prison Journalism Project) is training incarcerated writers to elevate new perspectives on the criminal justice system, and Akoto Ofori-Atta (Capital B) centers Black voices and partners with the communities it serves. Moderated by Lorraine Ali of the LA Times, this dialogue will probe challenging issues of audience, representation and how changing the storyteller can help us all better understand the world and our places in it. RSVP is required, space is limited.

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism | Pulitzer Hall | Joseph Pulitzer World Room, 3rd Floor

2950 Broadway New York, NY 10027

This event is presented by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the Columbia Journalism School and the Athena Center for Leadership. 

This event is part of the Athena Center for Leadership’s SPARK series. SPARK is open to all members of the Barnard community, including faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of the college.


Sep 25 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Columbia University - Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway


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