Reporting for Foreign Media: Introduction to the Guardian’s New East Network

YEREVAN, Armenia – On May 12th, the American University of Armenia (AUA) BA in English & Communications program in collaboration with MediaLab.am hosted a public lecture led by Editors of the Guardian Judith Soal and Maeve Shearlaw. The speakers focused on how the Guardian uses social media to find stories and build audiences. They also presented ways the Guardian covers the region and discussed civic/public investigative journalism that is important in countries like Armenia. The lectures were followed by a Q&A session.

Freedom of expression can be most effectively exercised by journalists and reporters if based on well-founded research and facts. To improve the coverage of Armenian affairs in the world press it is important to understand the interests of the audience.

Judith Soal is deputy foreign editor at the Guardian, and editor of the world networks on Africa, North Korea and the New East (post-Soviet countries), which focuses on under-reported regions of the post-Soviet world.

Maeve Shearlaw is the community and commissioning editor for the world networks desk, where she runs digital projects, works with partners and commissions stories to help increase the Guardian’s coverage of under-reported regions. Mostly, but not exclusively, the New East, Africa, North Korea and Iran.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.