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Innovation Showcase / Bill Wheeler and Ayman Oghanna

 

Zero Hour: the Covert Struggle for Control of Tripoli and the Future of Libya

Picture 3I was MS ’07/MA ’11. Along with my collaborator, Ayman Oghanna (MS ’08), I traveled to Libya, Tunisia, and Italy during the Libyan civol war to report a series of print and multimedia stories about the migration crisis precipitated by the Arab Spring: the abuse of dark-skinned subsaharan Africans in Libya after the start of the war; the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants across North Africa; the dramatic exodus of boats headed to Italy’s Lampedusa Island; allegations of neglect by NATO warships of migrant boats in distress; the reluctance of European states to increase annual asylum quotas or engage in “burden sharing”; the impact of recent border-patrol agreements between Italy and Libya, France and Tunisia; and the evolution of pan-European border enforcement. Our project, supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was innovative in the scale of the reporting and the array of media we published in (newspaper, magazine, a literary journal, web video, and blogging.

Since our project, Ayman has been reporting from Syria and Turkey and I completed another project on rising xenophobia and the ascendance of neo-fascist parties in Hungary and Greece that was published in The New York Times and TheAtlantic.com. Next month, we will return to Libya as the inaugural winners of the Groundtruth Fellowship from the Overseas Press Club to produce a Special Report for GlobalPost.

THE PROJECT

INNOVATION SHOWCASE 2013 • MAY 18TH, 12PM – 4PM • COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL