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International Journalism Committee
The International Journalism Committee works to improve and protect international journalism and encourage the free practice of journalism in all countries.
For the purposes of this committee, international journalism is defined as any journalism that involves foreign journalists, that takes place overseas, or that deals with international affairs.
To improve international journalism, the committee will do some or all of the following:
Write articles about international journalism for Quill.
Put together a panel on a topic related to international journalism at the annual convention.
Lend assistance to journalists when they ask for our help, both American and foreign, to the extent we are able to do so.
Create resources of use to international journalists and make them available via the Web, printed guidebooks, or other means to both foreign and American journalists.
Find ways to bring foreign journalists to the U.S. and American journalists overseas for fellowships, conferences, and other educational purposes.
To protect international journalism, the committee will do some or all of the following:
Draft press releases and letters on behalf of international journalism or international journalists.
Lobby Congress in favor of measures that support international journalism.
Work with other organizations on international projects related to freedom of speech, freedom of information, and similar issues.
Act as a watchdog on U.S. government agencies that may attempt to restrict international journalism.
Are you interested in serving on the committee? Please contact our committee chairs to find out how you can help.
International Journalism Committee Chair
Assistant City Editor
Bio (click to expand) Ricardo Sandoval is Assistant City Editor at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He supervises the papers environment, science and regional development teams of reporters. Before joining The Bee, Sandoval was a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Sandoval was born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated with a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California. His career has spanned three decades and has included award-winning coverage of California agriculture, immigration, the savings and loan scandal and the deregulation of public utility companies. His list of awards includes the Overseas Press Club, the InterAmerican Press Club, the Gerald Loeb prize for business journalism and two honors from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Sandoval co-authored with his wife, journalist Susan Ferriss the biography The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement published in 1997 by Harcourt.
Ronnie Lovler, vice chair
Bio (click to expand) Ronnie Lovler is associate director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University. She is also senior writer for the nonprofit Newsdesk.org, and its public-interest news service, News You Might Have Missed. In addition to serving as international committee chair, Ronnie is a member of the executive board of the northern California chapter of SPJ. Ronnie taught journalism at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to San Francisco.
Ronnies journalism career spans several decades. She served as bureau chief and correspondent for CNN in Latin America for almost 10 years. During her time at CNN, she reported from every country in Latin America. She also worked for CBS News, The Weather Channel and The Associated Press, as well as The San Juan Star in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was part of a team of observers headed by President Jimmy Carter monitoring electoral processes in Nicaragua (2001) and Venezuela (2004). During the 2005 U.S. hurricane season, Ms. Lovler worked with the American Red Cross as a volunteer crisis communicator and public information officer. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and her graduate degree in communications at the University of Florida.
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Al Jazeera Comes to America
By Ronnie Lovler
It was a conversation with a highly educated friend of mine that convinced me I was on the right track when I decided to do my master’s thesis on Al Jazeera English. I had been closely watching the progress of the plan to bring the network to life. In fact, ever since I saw the documentary, “Control Room”, I have been intrigued and fascinated by Al Jazeera.
|Ronnie Lovler, a member of SPJ's International Journalism Committee, is a broadcast journalism instructor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Ronnies journalism career spans several decades. She was director of News & Public Affairs at the University of Florida. She served as bureau chief and correspondent for CNN in Latin America for almost 10 years. During her time at CNN, Ronnie reported from every country in Latin America. Ronnie has also worked for CBS News, The Weather Channel and The Associated Press, as well as The San Juan Star in San Juan, Puerto Rico.|
Ronnie has also served on the executive board of SPJs Mid-Florida Pro Chapter.
She was part of a team of observers headed by President Jimmy Carter monitoring electoral processes in Nicaragua (2001) and Venezuela (2004). During the 2005 U.S. hurricane season, Ronnie worked with the American Red Cross as a volunteer crisis communicator and public information officer. Ronnie is a graduate of Ohio State University.