On March 14th, Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication held its 13th annual Kesterton lecture in Ottawa. This event honours Wilfred H. Kesterton, who was a key figure in the founding of the Journalism and Communication program at Carleton University.
This year’s event featured a speech by CBS News London correspondent Elizabeth Palmer. Palmer’s address, titled “Even Dictators Need Facebook: Perspectives From the Frontline of the Information War,” examined the role of social and mainstream media in the past year’s challenges to authoritarian regimes and dictatorships. Palmer has covered events in numerous foreign locations including, most recently, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Palmer first joined CBS News in 2000 as its Moscow correspondent.