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17th November, 2022

Solidarity in Practice: How Ethical Journalism Fights for Social Justice Beyond Social Cohesion

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17th November, 2022
16:00 - 17:30
Rhind Building
St John Street
London EC1V 0HB

What does solidarity mean, and what does it have to do with ethical journalism? At a time when discussions of journalism often rue the loss of an imagined past era when “facts were facts” and social cohesion was supposedly stronger than polarization, equating solidarity with ethical journalism may sound odd.

Professor Anita Varma began the Solidarity Journalism Initiative in 2019 to change this misunderstanding by helping journalists understand the longstanding value of solidarity in journalism, in order to implement solidarity practices in their reporting on issues affecting people’s basic dignity. The research-based initiative has grown to have global reach in the three years since then.

In her talk, Professor Varma will explain what solidarity means, what it has to do with ethical journalism, and how it helps move our understanding of the purpose of journalism beyond social cohesion and toward social justice.

In coverage of housing, cost of living, public safety, and climate change, solidarity practices become crucial for accurately representing the lived realities of people whose basic dignity is at stake.

Speaker: Professor Anita Varma 

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