Face-to-Face: "Testing Grounds"

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Face-to-Face: "Testing Grounds"
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Time Estimate:
One hour

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Tampa Bay Times reporter Kris Hundley and photojournalist Kathleen Flynn talk about their project Testing Grounds: Our Medicine at What Cost, which covered clinical drug testing in India.

The 2008 project examined the growing drug-testing industry in India and its adverse impact on patients undergoing clinical trials. It showed how Indian hospitals use patients to gather data on experimental drugs destined for Western markets and revealed that 49 children died during clinical trials. In this replay of the live "Face-to-Face" conversation on Jan. 31, 2012, the journalists talk about their project.

'Testing Grounds' received The Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting from the South Asian Journalists Association in 2009."

In addition to the replay of the live "Face-to-Face" conversation on Jan. 31, 2012, this Seminar Snapshot includes teaching resources designed to help students develop their news literacy skills. These include lesson plans and activities, a quiz and group discussion questions.

The journalists:

Kris Hundley, reporter Kris Hundley has been a reporter with the Times for more than a decade. She has covered the business of health care, from the doctor’s office to Medicare to the FDA. She traveled to India in 2008 on a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship administered by the International Center for Journalists. The fellowship is sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Kathleen Flynn, photojournalist Kathleen Flynn has been a photojournalist at the Times since December 2002. She studied Spanish in Costa Rica while documenting a ministry for street children and the homeless. She also has covered the tsunami in Thailand, immigration in Mexico, post-conflict Liberia and life in Haiti.

What Will I Learn:
  • An understanding of the deeper issues of foreign correspondence
  • Big-picture issues of journalism’s role at home and abroad, such as ethics and press freedom
  • Concerns about your own potential future as a foreign correspondent

This Seminar Snapshot also includes resources for teachers to use in the classroom.

Who should take this course:

High school and college students who are looking to expand their view on what it means to be a correspondent in a foreign country, as well as teachers who want to help students develop their news literacy skills.

Training Partner:

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists puts students in touch with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Each month during the academic year, a newsmaker will speak live to hundreds of students in a virtual conversation that includes five schools—from high schools to universities.

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