La Pietra Dialogues (LDP) convenes some of the world’s foremost scholars, policy makers, practitioners, business leaders, public intellectuals and artists whose ideas and work have made a significant cultural or intellectual contribution to global society; they gather at Villa la Pietra, New York University´s site in Florence, to confront some of the most intractable issues of contemporary society through the creative interplay of ideas and perspectives.
On Monday the 8th of April, starting from 6 pm in Villa Sassetti, a new Dialogue is scheduled: “Democracy and Journalism”. Beyond simply covering a story and reporting facts, journalism has long been comitted to shining light on social injustice. Recent movements like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the Women’s March have brought new forms of activism into the newsroom, many finding expression through digital media, provoking renewed debate around the question: Where does journalism end and activism begin?
Alexandra Borchardt – Director of Leadership Programmes at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford- will discuss the increasing interplay between journalism and activism today and the role of journalists in fostering social change in contemporary society.