Foleys attend 'Reporting in a More Dangerous World'

Feb. 26, 2015
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Diane and John Foley talk to UA journalism professor William Schmidt, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism.

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James Foley, journalist murdered by ISIS in 2014

James Foley was a journalist to the core, a young man who believed the way you got the story — the way you helped to illuminate the dark places of the world — was to go there and report what you saw.

In 2014, he was brutally murdered by ISIS, 21 months after he was kidnapped while reporting as a freelancer inside Syria.

John and Diane Foley, parents of James (right), took part in "Reporting in a More Dangerous World," a Feb. 26, 2015, panel discussion about their son, his commitment to journalism and what can be done to support reporters under fire.

The Foleys were joined by Terry Anderson, a former Associated Press correspondent who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, and David McCraw, a lawyer with The New York Times who deals with global threats to the press.

UA journalism professor Mort Rosenblum, a longtime foreign correspondent with the Associated Press, moderated the panel talk, organized by the Center for Border & Global Journalism.

The Foleys created a fund – the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation – to honor their son’s passion for journalism, and to help support other American journalists reporting from conflict zones.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than 1,100 reporters and media workers have been killed since 1992.  In recent years, most of those victims have been freelancers and local reporters, working for media organizations from Mexico to Afghanistan. Countless others have been taken hostage, imprisoned, beaten or threatened with death, forcing them to abandon assignments and, sometimes, their homes.

Rosenblum and William Schmidt, the former Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times and also a professor of practice at the journalism school, are co-directors of the Center for Border & Global Journalism.

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Journalism professor Mort Rosenblum, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism, moderates the panel.

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Former AP correspondent Terry Anderson, left, and David McCraw, a First Amendment lawyer from The New York Times, participate in the Feb. 26, 2015, panel discussion, "Reporting in a More Dangerous World."