Three-day Conference: Journalism Under Fire…



The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a three-day conference entitled JOURNALISM UNDER FIRE exploring journalism’s essential role in a democracy.

Featured world-class speakers, investigative journalists, photojournalists and political cartoonists from around the world will address fake news, persecution and freedom of the press.

The special Grand Opening Event begins at 6 p.m. Dec 4 and the three-day conference begins at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 5 through 3:45 p.m. Dec.7. All events are at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.

Journalism Under Fire will present outstanding speakers and 50 journalists from around the world here to explore press freedoms and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media. Alongside cutting-edge intellectual dialogue will be prominent exhibits of photographs (exploring 40 years of the US-Mexico border), political cartoons, advocacy campaigns, a virtual reality simulation, a fully-featured Student Newsroom, music, film, and food.

With the incomparable Santa Fe as backdrop, Journalism Under Fire will create unique learning and networking opportunities among extraordinary journalists, thought leaders, students, and the engaged public.

Over three days, the conference will address the following major themes:

  • Day Zero (December 4): Grand Opening: Justice for Journalists under Fire
  • Day One (December 5): Freedom of the Press, Fake News, Persecution, and Exile
  • Day Two (December 6): Journalism in Mexico, at the US-Mexico Border, and Around the World – featuring exchange circles with the 54 visiting international journalists.
  • Day Three (December 7): Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation and Change.

The conference also features major visual exhibitions:

  • Photographs of the U.S.-Mexico border by Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Don Bartletti and Santa Fe’s own Morgan Smith.
  • Political cartoons by Ann Telnaes (the Washington Post), KAL (the Economist), Nikahang Kowsar (exiled Iranian political cartoonist), and Ricardo Caté (the Santa Fe New Mexican)
  • A virtual reality simulation – Blindfold – where the viewer becomes a journalist interrogated in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons.
  • A postcard-writing campaign staged by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Participants can compose postcards to imprisoned journalists around the world.

Click here to view a detailed agenda.

PARTNERS: Journalism under Fire is presented in concert with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter, the New Mexico Press Association, and KSFR.

SPONSORS: CIR is proud to present this event with Global Ties U.S., New Mexico Bank & TrustStoryWorks Studios, and several more to be announced shortly.

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now. We have created multiple tickets for the event, including reduced Coffee-Only Tickets and special subsidized tickets for journalists and students.

For more information on registering for the conference, go to the Council’s website at or telephone the office at 505.982.4931.

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is a non-partisan, 501c(3) non-profit educational resource dedicated to the stimulation of dialogue about current foreign affairs issues that affect the United States. One of more than 100 nationwide affiliates of Global Ties U.S. and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America the organization facilitates cultural and educational exchanges between U.S. and foreign peers, sponsors lectures by recognized experts, arranges world affairs discussions, and organizes educational trips abroad. For more information, visit