On the 23rd of September, Journalism students had a guest lecture on global media by Jean-Paul Marthoz, a Belgian journalist, columnist and press freedom activist who teaches international journalism at the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Prof. Marthoz engaged students with anecdotes from the field conveying that journalism shouldn’t be focused on an event: “it has to provide context, it has to provide understanding, it has to provide meaning”. Students explored and questioned organisations, news agendas and controversial issues, both historical and current, to be able to answer his question whether there is truly a global media.
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Jean-Paul Marthoz is EU correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ, New York), member of the Advisory Board of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN, London) and vice-chair of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division. A foreign affairs columnist at Le Soir he teaches international journalism at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium).
Prof. Marthoz has been foreign editor and chief of the editorial page of Le Soir (1980-1991), director of the Media for democracy Program at the International Federation of Journalists (1992-95), European press director of Human Rights Watch (1996-2006) and editorial director of the foreign affairs quarterly Enjeux internationaux. He is also the author and co-author of some 20 books on journalism, human rights and international relations.