About the Breaux Symposium

The annual John Breaux Symposium pushes the boundaries of debate around an aspect of media, politics and public policy. The Symposium aims to harness the expertise and perspectives of individuals hailing from a variety of fields and backgrounds.


2023 John Breaux Symposium

The 2023 John Breaux Symposium, "The Changing Labor of Global Journalism: Relationships, Tools, and Power" took place on. March 2 in the Manship School's Journalism Building. You can watch again the event on the Manship School's YouTube Channel. 


Sweeping changes have taken place in global journalism —coverage that crosses national borders —affecting everything from who reports it and how it is reported to who publishes and how audiences consume it. During the event, we will examine these changes with a focus on the relationships, tools, and power involved in contemporary global journalism. The half-day symposium, which will feature presentations from today’s experts in global journalism, will aim to generate new empirical and theoretical insights to aid practitioners and scholars in their future work.


Keynote speakers:

Anjan Sundaram is a journalist, academic and author of three memoirs, “Stringer," "Bad News" and the forthcoming “Breakup." His war correspondence won a Frontline Club Award in 2015 and a Reuters prize in 2006, and was short-listed for the Prix Bayeux in 2015. “Stringer" was a Royal African Society Book of the Year in 2014, and "Bad News" was an Amazon Book of the Year in 2016. Sundaram graduated from Yale University, where he studied mathematics, and holds a PhD in journalism and literature from the University of East Anglia.
Jesse W. Lewis Jr. has more than 40 years of experience in journalism, diplomacy, public affairs and crisis management. After earning his university degree in 1964, he worked for The Washington Post for 11 years. In 1969 and 1972, he became The Post’s first correspondent in the Middle East. Between 1975 and 1983, Mr. Lewis was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer who served at the American embassies in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Greece. He received the Department of State's Superior Honor Award in 1978 for his performance in Saudi Arabia.



Past Symposia have hosted scholars, journalists, corporate executives, and political and civic leaders. Through keynote speakers, panels and presentations, the intent of the Symposium is to discuss the public’s knowledge about some aspect of our democracy and identify possible actions to increase public awareness and constructive debate.


Learn about past Symposia