Foreign Correspondents Speak Out - New Israel Fund Australia

Foreign Correspondents Speak Out

Tue 12 Oct 2021 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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How do journalists share complex issues, particularly when they are writing for an audience which is on the other side of the world?

Join our discussion with John Lyons, the author of a new book, Dateline Jerusalem which looks at how Israel is covered by the Australian media and a former Middle East Correspondent for the Australian, Anshel Pfeffer senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israeli correspondent for the Economist and Dina Kraft, a Tel Aviv-based journalist for the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor, to hear how foreign correspondents work to tell other people’s stories and shape the discourse in their home country.

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Anshel Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for The Economist. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, is Pfeffer’s deeply reported biography of the scandal-plagued former Israeli prime minister. 


John Lyons is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. He is currently head of investigative journalism at the ABC, although for this NIF discussion he will be appearing in his capacity as an author and former Jerusalem-based correspondent for the Australian. Over the past forty years, he has held leadership positions in several major organisations, including as the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and executive producer of Nine’s Sunday program. For six years, John lived with his family in Jerusalem as the Australian’s Middle East correspondent, which he chronicles in his bestselling book Balcony over Jerusalem and now his new book, Dateline Jerusalem, Journalism's Toughest Assignment.


Dina Kraft is a Tel Aviv-based journalist for The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times where she reports on Israeli and Palestinian politics, culture and society. She hosts the podcast “The Branch”, sponsored by Hadassah, which tells the stories of relationships between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Dina is a long-time foreign correspondent who began her overseas career in the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. She was later posted to AP’s Johannesburg bureau where she covered southern Africa. She’s also reported from Senegal, Kenya, Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Russia, and Ukraine. She’s also an educator and has taught journalism classes at Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston University. Dina was a winner of the 2020 B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage.