February 29, 2024

Letter from the CEO March 2024

Dear Friends of Utah Global Diplomacy,

In a rapidly evolving political landscape, the importance of journalism in shaping perceptions, challenging assumptions, and fostering informed communities cannot be overstated. That's why we at Utah Global Diplomacy are thrilled to bring you the Open Lens Symposium: Unveiling Truth Through Journalism on Thursday, May 2. 

Why Utah Needs This Symposium:

Utah, like many regions across the globe, is witnessing significant shifts in how information is consumed, shared, and understood. In such a dynamic environment, our journalists, media professionals, and communicators must be equipped with the tools, insights, and networks necessary to navigate these changes effectively.

The topics covered at this symposium reflect the diverse and nuanced media landscape of our state, across the nation, and around the world. We are honored to host esteemed speakers who will share their expertise and perspectives on critical issues, including First Amendment rights, culture and race in journalism, geopolitics impact on journalism, and the local concerns and struggles of reporting in Utah.

Beyond the invaluable insights offered by our speakers, the Open Lens Symposium presents a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with like-minded individuals, expand their professional networks, and forge partnerships that can drive meaningful change in our communities.

Now more than ever, Utah's journalists and media professionals play a vital role in uncovering truth and fostering dialogue in our society. By attending the Open Lens Symposium, you are not only investing in your own professional development but also contributing to the advancement of journalism in our state.

Register Today!

We urge you to register now to secure your spot at this transformative event. Together, let's harness the power of journalism to uncover truth, challenge assumptions, and build a more informed and engaged society.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Open Lens Symposium on Thursday, May 2, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Join us as we embark on a journey to redefine the role of journalism in shaping Utah's future.

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett
President & CEO
Utah Global Diplomacy