Events

Upcoming Events

GCJD to Travel to Philippines to Train Journalists

WPFD

Date: September 12-22 2014
Location: Philippines

GCJD will team up with Rappler News Agency to present a workshop for journalists in the Philippines to assist them with pushing for more accountability and transparency from their government, based on the inadequate official response and information sharing in the wake of super-storm Yolanda/Haiyan. While there, Kelli Arena will also deliver a speech at the PH+Social Good Summit on how journalists are often walking the fine line between activism and journalism and how that fits into our evolving global societies.



GCJD Students Join Fight Aainst Modern Day Slavery

WPFD

Date: October 6, 2014
Location: Philippines

GCJD students will stand up for the 27 million men, women and children trapped in slavery around the world today. They can be found in brothels, factories, homes and out in broad daylight right here in the USA. Joining a broader "End It Movement"  across the world, students will host a series of campus events during the week of October 6th. On October 14th, SHSU will host Shyima Hall as a guest speaker. Hall was sold by her family into slavery when she was just 8 years old. Come hear her story, from slavery to U-S citizenship at the Concert Hall in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

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GCJD Guest Speaker Series: Shyima Hall- Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern Day Slave

Shyima Hall Book Cover PhotoDate: October 14, 2014, 5pm
Location: SHSU Campus, Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

When Shyima Hall was eight years old her poverty-stricken Egyptian parents, overwhelmed with close to a dozen children, sold her into slavery. The price? Less than thirty dollars a month. Join GCJD to hear Shyima's whole story, from slavery to becoming a US citizen.





GCJD Director to Present at 25th Audem Conference

Macedonia

Date: October 19-21 2014
Location: Macedonia

GCJD Executive Director Kelli Arena will be presenting at the Alliance of Universities for Democracy Conference in Macedonia. Arena will be speaking about the important role Journalism plays in development. The venue is perfect for GCJD, as it attracts Universities from around the world dedicated to democracy building. As a result of relationship building at the last AUDEM conference, GCJD partnered this year with Jan Kochanowski University in Poland. GCJD will also coordinate the "emerging scholars" program , a partnership between SHSU and AUDEM to financially support emerging scholars in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Past Events

GCJD Partners with the Samir Kassir Foundation to Help Journalists Responsibly Cover the Emerging Energy Sector in the Levant Region

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Date: Summer 2014
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy and partners will design and implement tailored training programs for journalists working in 10 different media outlets covering the sector.

CC Photo courtesy of rabiem22|Flickr



Pushing for Transparency: Journalism Workshop in Poland

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Dates: June 29-July 4, 2014
Location: Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland

GCJD will take a group of expert trainers to the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland to work with both student and professional journalists on how to track EU funds as they trickle down to local communities, with a special focus on their responsibility to keep officials accountable. Read more>>



GCJD Continues Mission in Tunis

WPFD

Date: May 26-30
Location: Tunis, Tunisia

GCJD will travel to Tunisia to work with political parties on their communications strategies. It's part of GCJD's mission to promote transparent relationships between the press and the entities it covers. Cody Lewis, an SHSU public relations major will be traveling with the center. GCJD will be partnering with NDI in Tunis. This is the third collaboration between NDI and GCJD. Read more>>

 



World Press Freedom Day

WPFD

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Location: SHSU Campus, Huntsville, TX

For the second year in a row, the students in the Global Center Workshop Class will host an on-campus event to raise awareness about World Press Freedom Day, and the issues faced by journalists in repressive societies around the world. Read more>>







GCJD Tackles Wrongful Conviction

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Date: April 12, 2014
Location: Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall in Huntsville, Texas

GJCD joins forces with SHSU's School of Music to present the 52nd Annual SHSU Contemporary Music Festival. This year's theme is "Social Justice and Music". The event will be held in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University Join us for an informative, entertaining and unique experience. Read more>>

"The Innocents"photo courtesy of Dr. John Lane, Director of Percussion Studies.





GCJDPromotes Freedom of Expression in the Middle East and North Africa

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Date: March 24-30, 2014
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Journalists who properly cover this beat have their finger on the pulse of society. They are the first to identify unrest, government repression, and the will of the people. GCJD will join its partners to help journalists understand the important role they play when covering arts and culture.

Read the full report from the Samir Kassir Foundation.

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Photo of Lebanese singer, Majida El Roumi, courtesy of Wikipedia.





Whistle-blower, Jay "Jaybird" Dobyns Talks About His Battle with the Government

Jay Dobyns

Date: March 4, 2014 at 5:30pm
Location: GPAC Dance Theatre, Huntsville, TX

He says his government betrayed him. The same government he risked his life for working as an undercover agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After infiltrating the notorious Hells Angels, the mission and his identity were exposed putting not only him, but his wife and children at risk. Dobyns says the ATF ignored his pleas for protection. His only hope? To turn whistleblower. His only ally? The press. Join us on March 4th to hear it from the man himself, Jay Dobyns. Read more>>





GCJD Teams Up with CMIT for Senior Level Leadership Development Program

CMIT

Date: February 27, 2014
Location: SHSU Campus, Huntsville, TX

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), Sonoma State University, and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy, have teamed up to develop a unique leadership development program for senior leadership in the correction management field.

The program is sculpted to capture and present significant insight and knowledge into the understanding, recognition, and impact of senior level decision making with an emphasis on applying Strategic/Critical based thinking skills with a core focus on the fundamental platform principles associated with Senior Leadership.





SHSU Global Center to Kick Off 2014 with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas

LEMIT COIN

Date: January 28, 2014
Location: Huntsville, Texas

GCJD will continue to provide crisis communications and other training to law enforcement officials for the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). GCJD executive director Kelli Arena covered law enforcement during her years at CNN and will oversee multiple LEMIT training sessions in various Texas cities throughout the year. GCJD aims to educate law enforcement on how to develop a healthy, transparent relationship with the press. 





Journalist and Political Party Training

Tunisia

Date: November 11-15, 2013
Location: Tunisia

GCJD will partner with NDI to work with Journalists to help them understand the role they play in ensuring fair and credible elections. The center will also work with various political parties to help them understand relationships with an independent media. Read more>>





AUDEM Conference

FBI National Academy Training Program.

Date: October 13-15, 2013
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia

GCJD will present at the Alliance of Universities for Democracy annual conference.





GCJD Speaker Series- "That's entertainment! The reshaping of news."

FBI National Academy Training Program.

Date and Time: October 22, 2013, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall in Huntsville, Texas

GCJD hosts Journalist and Author Kitty Pilgrim as she discusses the evolution of news. Kitty will also be handing out free copies of her novel, The Explorer's Code.

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Law Enforcement and Media in Texas

FBI National Academy Training Program.

Date: October 1, 2013
Location: Huntsville, Texas

GCJD will train police chiefs from around the country on how to deal with the media during a crisis.





Presentation at the FBI National Academy

FBI National Academy Training Program.

Date: May 23, 2013
Location: the FBI National Academy campus in Quantico, Virginia

GCJD Executive Director Kelli Arena taught a class at the FBI's National Academy on May 23rd. The class is part of the FBI's National Academy program. The GCJD is committed to working with a variety of government agencies around the world to help them better appreciate the role of a free press and how to build credible relationships with journalists.

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Gender Equity Training Session

Woman holding voter ID card

Dates: May 14-16, 2013
Location: Alazai Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy will conduct a training for journalists on the issue of gender equity in Burkina Faso. Workshops will be held on May 14-16 at the Alazai hotel in Ouagadougou. GCJD is partnering with the National Democratic Institute, which has a local office there. We expect about 50 participants from throughout the country to attend. Trainers are coming from the United States, Egypt, Slovenia as well as Burkina Faso.

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World Press Freedom Day

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Date & Time: May 2 & 3, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Mall Area, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

Come Celebrate World Press Freedom Day! May 2nd and 3rd outside the LSC from 10a-2p. Did you know that in dozens of countries around the world journalists are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered? Come learn more about the true cost of Press Freedom.

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GCJD Speaker Series - "Target! Journalist"

Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald

Date & Time: April 18, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: LSC Theater, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

More than two dozen journalists have been killed covering the conflict in Syria, labeled the most dangerous place on Earth for the press. Still, some brave reporters have ventured into the country to let the world know what is happening there. Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald, is one of them. Hear the chilling details of her life as a foreign correspondent who has worked in the world's most dangerous places.

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Training Session for Journalists in the Oil and Gas Sectors

Ocean oil rig at sunset

Dates: March 15-17, 2013
Location: Beirut

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy is headed back to Beirut March 15-17th to conduct a training session for journalists who cover the oil and gas sectors. Reporters will work with industry experts, seasoned journalists, environmentalists and financial experts to learn how to more accurately, and thoroughly cover the sector. GCJD is again teaming up with the Samir Kassir Foundation in an effort to promote a free and vibrant press in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Critical Incident Communication Competencies: Affirming Agency Mission in Crisis, Workshop Presentation at the 2013 American Correctional Association Winter Conference

Workshop on communicating with media outlets.

Conference Dates: January 25-30, 2013
Workshop: January 27, 2013, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas

Effective, accurate and timely communication with media outlets is especially important during a time of crisis or a critical incident within your agency or jurisdiction. Kelli Arena, longtime news correspondent with CNN, along with Alan Bernstein, a former re- porter and editor with the Houston Chronicle, will provide participants an opportunity to learn through an interactive workshop critical skills and knowledge that will enable them to build their communication competencies.

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Media Coverage of International Justice: International Conference and Training Workshops

Workshops on international justice.

Conference Date & Time: January 18, 2013, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Training Workshops: January 19-20, 2013, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Riviera Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy is honored to co-host its first international conference "Media Coverage of International Justice" to be held on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Riviera Hotel in Beirut. The conference is organized in partnership with the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation, thanks to the generous support of the European Union and the Foundation for the Future.

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GCJD Speaker Series- "Egypt and the Post Revolution"

Shahira Amin, Activist and Journalist

Date & Time: October 29, 2012, 6:00pm
Location: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, Sam Houston State University

Shahira Amin, an independent journalist and activist in Egypt, will share her experiences and thoughts about the dramatic changes that are currently taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

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