Award-winning journalist to give lecture on media and violence in Mexico

Rosario Carmona MezaRosario Carmona Meza, an award-winning journalist who has worked in Mexico, Spain, Chile and the U.S., will give a lecture titled, “Media and Violence in Mexico: Journalists as Witnesses and Victims of the War on Drugs.”

Carmona has worked as an investigative reporter, covering infant deaths in public hospitals, sexual attacks inside prisons and the illegal detention of indigenous women. She has also covered breaking news, and has reported on everything from drug cartel violence to hurricanes and earthquakes.

"Our job is to tell stories and be a channel for the voiceless," Carmona said. "We have to investigate and show what is happening because the only way to change the situation is to produce public opinion and consciousness."

Carmona said it's important to talk about the dangers of journalism because we need to be prepared and be aware of the risks and challenges that we have to face and know what tools and skills we need to acquire to face them.

"Rosario is a very inspirational young journalist who's done some awe-inspiring work,” said Henriette Löwisch, associate professor at the J-School. “She got acquainted with Missoula when she studied English here last summer as part of the Humphrey Fellows program, and we're fortunate that she loved it so much that she's willing to come back for this visit."

Carmona was previously a Humphrey fellow at the University of Montana and is currently a Humphrey fellow at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

The lecture will take place Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Don Anderson Hall 210 and there will also be time for Q&A. The event is jointly sponsored by the J-School and Latin American Studies and is free and open to the public.

- posted on 03/13/15 -