Creating Popular Narratives: A Roundtable with Journalists

AHA Session 177
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Palladian Ballroom (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)
Rebecca Kaplan, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Richard Bernstein, freelance journalist
Tomas van Houtryve, VII Photo
Marvin Kalb, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Daniella Zalcman, freelance photojournalist

Session Abstract

This roundtable panel will examine what historians can learn from journalists to create more effective popular narratives about history. Four journalists will discuss how they incorporate history into their reporting and how historians can engage with the general public through popular media. What approaches do journalist use to understand and address historical context and how are they similar to or different from those that historians use? How do journalists relay the history of a topic or issue to their audiences? How do journalists use photography, video, and social media to convey their stories? How do they create and produce pitches for grants, projects, and books? What techniques for marketing and promoting their work are effective? Are there ways for historians and journalists to collaborate?
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