Assistant Professor Ruth Moon to Explore Globalism, Effects of News Reporting in Post-Conflict Rwanda at LSU Reilly Center Book Talk

February 22, 2024

BATON ROUGE—Ruth Moon, Ph.D., assistant professor in media and public affairs at LSU, will explore the power of truthful and impactful journalism at a book talk and signing on Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. CT in the Holliday Forum of the LSU Journalism Building. The event—“Authoritarian Journalism: Controlling the News in Post-Conflict Rwanda,” the book’s namesake—is hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

Moon will examine the force of globalization and its impacts on reporting techniques in Rwanda, ultimately drawing conclusions applicable to journalism fields everywhere.

Uyen Diep, a Manship School Ph.D. candidate and U.S. foreign correspondent in Vietnam at Báo Thanh Niên, will facilitate the discussion.

"Dr. Moon's ethnographic work is insightful for journalists and scholars throughout the world, especially in the Global South,” Diep said. "Journalists have to balance pressures from the state, globalization and historical antagonism in post-conflict countries to deliver accurate news.”

Moon is an assistant professor in media and public affairs at LSU and a Reilly Center research affiliate. She studies power relationships and knowledge production with a focus on communication processes and journalistic practice in the Global South. Her research is informed by more than 10 years of professional experience working as a reporter and editor for magazines and newspapers in the U.S.

“This is a great opportunity to hear how political circumstances shape journalism practices in other countries and how reporters thread very fine needles to do so,” said Reilly Center Director Jenée Slocum, Ph.D. “We have much to learn from our colleagues across the globe.”

The event will include a raffle that audience members can enter for the chance to win a free copy of the book. Don’t miss the chance to get yours signed after the event.

The book talk will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the LSU Journalism Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Register for the event on Eventbrite or watch the livestream on the Manship School’s YouTube Channel.

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