From Democracy to Dictatorship: How to Cover Conflict and Crisis

  • February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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A Master Class with Mikhail Zygar
Co-sponsored by the Journalism Protection Initiative and the International Reporting Concentration

Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar began his career as a war correspondent, later founded the independent new outlet TV Rain to challenge the Kremlin narrative, and today is a bestselling author chronicling President Vladmir Putin’s imperial regime. Through it all, he has witnessed Russia’s transition from a flawed democracy to an authoritarian state. In a four-part Master Class, featuring some of the top journalists covering Russia today, Mikhail will share his experience with the Newmark J-School community.

The Master Class is limited to 25 participants and is open to Newmark J-School students and outside guests. Zygar is the Newmark J-School’s inaugural Press Freedom Fellow.

On February 21, Zygar will be in conversation with Julia Ioffe to discuss the Putin phenomenon. Ioffe, formerly Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker, serves as Puck’s Washington correspondent and is a frequent commentator on Russia for CNN. They’ll discuss the role of TV Rain, the independent media organization by Zygar, and also how to cover Putin for a U.S. audience, how the perception of Russia’s dictatorship has changed in the U.S., and why Americans should be concerned about rising authoritarianism.


February 21
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Room 308
219 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10033 United States
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