Gloucester City Hall
Freedom of Expression in a New Media Environment
GroundTruth, based at WGBH Boston, trains correspondents from around the world to work together across different media platforms with a focus on human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health. “In the digital age, as we are bombarded with so much information from afar, GroundTruth values the idea that being there on the ground and calibrating events in human terms is the key to getting it right,” says Founder and Executive Director Charles Sennott.
Charles Sennott, an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe who left in 2008 to start the online news service GlobalPost and went on to found GroundTruth in 2014, will talk about the stories they focus on, how they cover global news differently, and how they prepare international reporters of the future. He has been on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in 15 countries, from the jungles of Colombia to the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. During the “January 25th Revolution” in Cairo in 2012 he served as lead correspondent on two award-winning documentaries for the PBS series Frontline. He was the Globe’s Middle East Bureau Chief in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and Europe Bureau Chief in London from 2001 to 2005.
Gary Knight, the project’s Co-founder and Visual Editor, will talk about the role of visuals in narrative story-telling and will share photographs from his work. Knight started his photo-journalist career in 1988 covering the war between Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge and then spent six years in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. From 1999 to 2009, he was a contract photographer for Newsweek, during which he photographed the invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, Darfur, and other world news events. Knight is the Founder and Director of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University, and co-founder of the VII Photo Agency.