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2023 Annual Conference: Ukraine Raising its Voice – Journalism and Misinformation at a Time of War

May 19, 2023 - May 20, 2023

This annual conference is scheduled at a particularly crucial moment as journalists in Ukraine come under increasing threat, as the media sector reels from a collapse in revenue and loss of talent due to the war – and as Russian misinformation and manipulation is on an alarming upswing. Through insightful talks and networking, we wish to facilitate fresh interaction between Ukrainian media entities both in N. America and inside Ukraine and with emigre media entities. In addition, we wish to create stronger connections between Ukrainian journalists and their colleagues in mainstream media. Finally, we desire to amplify some of the positive aspects of Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression – including how it has risen to a new level on the battle frontline of social media and marketing.



6:00PM      Registration.

6:30PM      Opening Remarks, Special Greetings and Tribute.

7:15PM      Opening Discussion: Identifying positivity in the current environment.
Natalia Sedletska, Ukrainian investigative reporter. In conversation with Michael Bociurkiw, Sr. Fellow, Atlantic Council, UJANA Executive Board.

8:15PM      Cultural Program, followed by reception featuring wines from Moldova and cheeses from Ukraine.


9:00AM   Breakfast

9:30AM   The Cultural Toll of Russia’s Invasion: Cultural genocide as part of Russia’s war strategy.
Laura Ballman, expert on cultural property in times of war.
With Sarah Kerr, a reporter and producer at The New York Times.
In conversation with Michael Bociurkiw and Ira Solomko, Voice of America/NY.

10:45AM #BeBraveLikeUkraine: Kyiv vs the Kremlin.
Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of Office of the President of Ukraine (via Skype).
In conversation with Olena Kalabania.

11:45AM How we were ‘Be Brave Like Ukraine’ during 400+ days of war in the UN. 
Amb. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.
In conversation with Michael Bociurkiw.

12:15PM    Lunchtime conversation: Finland and NATO – efforts to counter disinformation.
Teri Schultz, freelance Brussels Correspondent, NPR/DW (via Skype).

1:00PM      European Perspective: Covering the Ukraine war.
Helena Lins, reporter, CNN Portugal, in conversation with Michael Bociurkiw.

2:00PM      Never Again/Russian war crimes and the pursuit for justice at The Hague.
Kristina Hook, Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, Sr. Fellow, Atlantic Council.
In conversation with Katie Livingstone.

3:00PM      Journalism vs the Kremlin.
Roman Badanin, founder and editor-in-chief of Proekt and Agenstvo. 
In conversation with Helena Lins and Michael Bociurkiw.

4:00PM      Conclusion of Conference.

Conference attendees are encouraged to attend the evening programming at
the annual St. George Ukrainian Festival, taking place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

4:15PM      Board Meeting of the UJANA (by separate invitation only).

The UJANA and the UIA express their sincere appreciation to all program sponsors, without whom the conference would not have been possible.

2023 Annual Conference: Ukraine Raising its Voice – Journalism and Misinformation at a Time of War


May 19, 2023
May 20, 2023
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