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A new book by Dr James Rodgers will be launched at a panel discussion at City on Thursday 15th October.
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Event to mark launch of book by City academic on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Dr James Rodgers has published Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

A panel of experts will discuss the challenges faced by journalists based in Israel and Gaza at the launch of a book about the subject by City academic Dr James Rodgers.

The event, which will take place at City on Thursday 15th October, will mark the release of Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Dr Rodgers, a former Gaza correspondent for the BBC, will be signing copies of the book after the launch, which is free for the public to attend and begins at 6pm.

A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, the academic will be joined on the panel by Guardian journalist Harriet Sherwood and Sir Vincent Fean, a former British Consul-General in Jerusalem.

Dr Rodgers said: "As I say in the introduction to the book, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the ultimate challenge for an international correspondent. In no other part of the world is every single word which is written or broadcast subject to such close scrutiny.

"But journalists have a perspective which is available to few others, and news reports are what most people use to form their opinions of the conflict. So at a time when the Middle East as a whole is facing conflict and instability, the coverage is more important than ever."

The event is being jointly held by The Olive Tree Programme – a scholarship scheme for Palestinian and Israeli undergraduates at City – and the Department of Journalism.

It comes just over a year after the 2014 Israel-Palestinian conflict that resulted in large-scale loss of life and destruction of property in Gaza.

Dr Rodgers and his guests will discuss the relationship between journalism and diplomacy, the challenges facing foreign correspondents and the media coverage of tensions in the region.

Click here for more information about Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

A drinks reception will follow the event. To sign up, click here.

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