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The Fog of War - The Challenges and Dilemmas of Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Each round of fighting in the Middle East triggers a firestorm of criticism of the international press about framing, language, context, and images in stories. How do major news organizations cover one of the most heavily scrutinized -- and seemingly insoluble -- conflicts on Earth? How have new forms of social media and communication impacted the power of conventional news organizations to shape understanding of war, including the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas? How do journalists contend with critics who charge pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian bias in their coverage? 

 To discuss these issues, Professor James Hamilton will be in conversation with longtime Middle East correspondent Janine Zacharia, the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer in the Department of Communication. 

James T. Hamilton is the Hearst Professor of Communication and Director of the Stanford Journalism Program. His books on media markets include Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism (Harvard, 2016), All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News (Princeton, 2004), and Channeling Violence: The Economic Market for Violent Television Programming (Princeton, 1998).  

Janine Zacharia reported full-time on Israel, the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy for close to two decades including stints as Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News, Washington bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post, and Jerusalem correspondent for Reuters. She appears regularly on cable news shows and radio programs as a Middle East analyst and is the Carlos Kelly McClatchy lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford where she teaches news reporting and writing fundamentals and foreign correspondence and is the co-author of How to Responsibly Report on Hacks and Disinformation -- 10 Guidelines and a Template for Every Newsroom.