The Salim El-Lozi Lecture Series

Women in the trenches: stories of war reporting

Women in the Trenches Poster

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 Georgetown University's undergraduate journalism department hosted “Women in the Trenches: Stories of Female War Correspondents." This event brought together three highly accomplished journalists with years of experiencing reporting from some of the most dangerous areas of the world, including Iraq, West Africa and the cartel-infested jungles of South America. These women discussed the unique challenges and dangers facing female correspondents operating in conflict zones. 

The panel featured:

*Cami McCormick, CBS News correspondent
*Jessica Donati, International Terrorism and Extremist Movements reporter at The Wall Street Journal
*Monica Villamizar, Freelance correspondent
*Haley Muse (Moderator), CNN video producer


This was the fourth annual event of The Salim El-Lozi Lecture Series. The lecture series is an annual event with a mission of discussing issues related to press freedom.


Previous Lecture Events

MuckRaking in an era of liars, trolls and swamp things

Georgetown University's undergraduate journalism program hosted a panel discussion focusing on issues of press freedom in the Trump era on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  The event, entitled “Muckraking in an Era of Liars, Trolls and Swamp Things," looked at the unique challenges today's Washington presents to journalistic objectivity and how to cover a presidency that paints the media as an enemy. The event’s mission is to discuss issues related to press freedom. 

The panel featured:
*John Kirby (Moderator), Former spokesperson for the U.S. State Department
*Yamiche Alcindor, National reporter for the New York Times
*Lewis Wallace, Writer, editor and radio producer
*Justin Green, News editor for Axios
*Sarah Harvard, Staff writer for






Austin Tice: Press Freedom Arrested

Georgetown University’s undergraduate journalism program hosted a panel discussion focusing on Georgetown alumnus Austin Tice on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Watch the video here or below.

The panel discussed the challenges faced by journalists reporting in Syria and in the Middle East, the heavy toll on their families, friends and colleagues, and the ongoing threat to press freedom. Panelists included Marc and Debra Tice, Austin's parents; Nancy Youssef, who was Middle East Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers when Austin was reporting in Syria and currently is Senior National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast; and Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders, the world's largest press freedom organization. Sanford Ungar, a veteran journalist, free speech expert, Georgetown University Distinguished Scholar in Residence and President Emeritus of Goucher College, moderated the panel. 

Austin traveled to Syria in May 2012 as a freelance journalist to report on the region's conflict. On August 14, 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, Austin disappeared as he was preparing to travel from Daraya, near Damascus, Syria, to Beirut, Lebanon. Austin is alive and is not being held by ISIS. 

Since the start of the uprising in March 2011, Syria has become the world's most dangerous country for journalists. Hundreds of journalists and citizen-journalists have been arrested, kidnapped or killed by the various parties involved in the conflict. Reporters Without Borders notes that local journalists, in particular, have paid a high price to just do their job. 

Austin's work has been published by the McClatchy Newspapers, the Washington Post, Associated Press, AFP, as well as CBS, NPR, and BBC. His reporting was awarded the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting, the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award and the 2015 National Press Club Press Freedom Award. He is also the recipient of the American Society of Journalists and Authors' 2015 Conscience in Media award.

The Salim El-Lozi Lecture Series sponsored the event, organized by Georgetown University's undergraduate journalism program. The series honors the memory of Mr. Salim El-Lozi, a Lebanese political journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in 1980 after having criticized the Syrian occupation of Lebanon as well as Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.

War Reporting: Ukraine, Syria, and Other Fronts

The journalism program held the inaugural event of The Salim El-Lozi Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Watch the video from the event here

The series invites a prominent journalist or scholar to campus to deliver a lecture to the Georgetown community. These lectures focus on global freedom of the press and First Amendment issues. The first event, "War Reporting: Ukraine, Syria, and Other Fronts," featured a conversation with two Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalists, C.J. Chivers and Tyler Hicks. Georgetown journalism lecturer Alex Horton moderated the event. 

The series honors the memory of Mr. Salim El-Lozi, a Lebanese political journalist  who was kidnapped and murdered in 1980 after having criticized the Syrian occupation of Lebanon as well as Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. His killers were never apprehended.

This series is made possible because of a generous gift by Mr. El-Lozi’s daughter, Maya Rasamny, and her husband, Ramzy Rasamny, members of the College Board of Advisors. With their family,which includes Nael Rasamny (COL '15) and Tamara Rasamny (COL '18), we honor the lasting legacy of Mr. Salim El-Lozi through this program.

The Salim El-Lozi Lecture Series reflects the goals of the Georgetown University undergraduate journalism program: to educate students and the Georgetown community regarding the value of a global free press and to recognize the courage of journalists who go where others don’t in order to get the story. The journalism program is also home to the award-winning Pearl Project, an investigative reporting seminar that published its findings about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a 31,000-word report in 2011.