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MP/202/Female panel covers working in warzones

By Kat Vicente
On April 27, 2012

There is no bigger rush than "being there when history is unfolding in front of you."

That is what correspondent for the Associated Press Kimberly Dozier said to a room full of Emerson faculty and students during a panel discussion entitled "Women in the Warzone" on April 2, as part of Communication Week 2012 at Emerson College. The female panel members gathered to highlight the important aspects of working in war zones and how their gender may or may not have affected them. Dozier had a lot of experience in that area, recounting her days working for CBS in Baghdad.

Though she spoke of the dangers she encountered when overseas, she shared moments she was proud of. "Other news sources were catching up with me," Dozier said.

Other panel members, including Rima Vydmantas, a spokeswoman for the Consular Affairs Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, Kathy Eagen, a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, Nadia Zaffar, a Pakistani journalism graduate student at Emerson, shared stories of hardships as well as words of advice.

Some of the discussion focused on the difficulties women may face when working in countries with very different culture, though sometimes it yields an advantage. "One important aspect is that women have an inside edge. Women want to talk to other women," Zaffar said. This, she said, gives a female journalist more to work with.

The entire panel emphasized the need to respect other cultures above all. "You are the guest of a country, war zone or not" said Rima Vydantas.

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