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Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2021

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2021





In recognition of WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2021, we have curated a group of video interviews (from the Inspicio Arts archives) with prominent people in the press, who bring us the truth.

This year’s UNESCO theme is “Information as a Public Good.” It is intended to renew the commitment to freedom of expression, press freedom and freedom of information.

May 3 acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.  


Inspicio is an arts publication platform sponsored by Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), in the School of Communication + Journalism. Inspicio is currently offered as a website (, where we continuously publish content about all art disciplines; as a periodic e-Magazine that can be read on iPads and iPhones and can be installed through the Apple APP Store; and accessible online through Digital Commons, an open access publishing and archival platform supported by FIU Libraries. Contributors to Inspicio Arts are a blend of FIU students, faculty, and a network of talented people who regularly appear in some of the best publications in the world. Inspicio Arts supports CARTA’s mission by providing a platform and process for FIU students to critically examine and comment upon the art communities (including journalism) and activities of South Florida, and have the opportunity to publish their work alongside professional writers who are regularly published in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

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Click on any link (below the images) to watch the full video interviews. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.



Photo: Raymond Elman

Tom Hudson, VP of News at WLRN


In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, TOM HUDSON is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN.  He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization’s news engagement strategy.



Photo: Raymond Elman

Remembering Gail Sheehy – Author & Journalist


GAIL SHEEHY (1937-2020) was an iconic author, journalist, and lecturer. Sheehy is the author of seventeen books, including Passages (1976), named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books of our times. She has written biographies and character studies of major twentieth-century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.




Photo: Raymond Elman

Adam Gopnik: The New Yorker Cometh to Miami


Award-winning author and journalist ADAM GOPNIK has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986.



Photo: Raymond Elman

Bari Weiss: Editor + Writer + Author


BARI WEISS was an Op-Ed staff editor and writer for the New York Times. Ms. Weiss’s first book, “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” was published by Crown in September 2019.



Painting: Raymond Elman

Morton Dean: A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism


MORTON DEAN is an award-winning American television and radio news anchor, broadcast news correspondent, documentary film director, and author. He is a former weekend news anchor for CBS Evening News, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America.



Photo: Raymond Elman

Larissa MacFarquhar: Journalist, Author


LARISSA MACFARQUHAR has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her Profile subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Mantel, Derek Parfit, David Chang, and Aaron Swartz, among many others.



Photo montage: Raymond Elman

A Lifetime of Reporting: Video Chatting with Kerry Sanders, NBC News


KERRY SANDERS (b. 1960) has been NBC’s Miami-based correspondent since 1996, covering news mainly in the South and throughout Latin America. Sanders contributes regularly to NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and occasionally to Dateline NBC.




Painting: Raymond Elman

Jane Leavy: WAPO Journalist, Author of the 3 Best Baseball Biographies — Sandy, Mickey, & Babe


JANE LEAVY is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers ‘The Big Fella, Babe Ruth and the World He Created;’ ‘The Last Boy, Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood;’ ‘Sandy Koufax, A Lefty’s Legacy;’ and the comic novel ‘Squeeze Play,’ which Entertainment Weekly called “the best novel ever written about baseball.”