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John Owen
"Global Journalism: Ignoring the World at Your Peril"

Tuesday, September 15
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 4:15 p.m.

Former head of television news for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and past Freedom Forum European director, Owen will offer analysis of international journalism and the importance of world news coverage.


John Owen has played a leading role in international journalism for more than two decades. He was recently appointed Professor of International Journalism at City University in London. In 2009, he led a training and career development project for Al Jazeera English News in Doha, and just returned from Amman, Jordan where he served as the advisor on the new Jordan Media Institute's training project, a brainchild of Princess Rym. A Hearst Fellow in Residence at the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Owen was also a Visiting Fellow at Indiana University.

As the head of TV News for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Owen made CBC a respected news organization around the world and was instrumental in the successful launch of one of the first 24-hour news networks after CNN and Sky News.  Under his leadership, CBC dominated its Canadian news rivals, and its flagship news programme, The National, was Canada’s most watched news programme.  Owen moved to London in 1990 to become CBC’s chief of foreign bureaux and London bureau chief.

He has published articles for the British Journalism Review, Nieman Reports, Columbia Journalism Review (Dr. Anthony Feinstein, co-author), and is the co-editor (with Chris Cramer) of Dying to Tell the Story, honoring the journalists killed in the Iraq war.


Additional Online Resources

"Courage Isn't Enough" by John Owen

International News Reporting: Frontlines and Deadlines by John Owen (Amazon.com preview/reviews)

Ticket Information

Admission is free and a ticket is not required.