As international borders closed during the pandemic, many media headlines focused on national news about virus and vaccine management, with only some major international events breaking through the daily pandemic statistics. But in the intervening months geopolitical ruptures, war in Ukraine, ongoing climate crises and more have highlighted the tension between the local and the global. Damien Cave (Australian Bureau Chief of The New York Times and author of Into the Rip), Louisa Lim (former China and Hong Kong correspondent for the BBC and NPR, and author of Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong) and Shaimaa Khalil (BBC’s Australia correspondent and co-author of Runaways) discuss the current state of international media and foreign correspondence, the priorities and pitfalls of 'world' news and the repercussions of a domestic-focused news cycle in a world of global consequences. Hosted by Jonathan Pearlman. 

Damien Cave (Australian)

Damien Cave

Damien Cave is a journalist and author, and currently works as Australian Bureau Chief for the New York Times. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008 with a team in Baghdad when covering the Iraq war. Damien is a co-author of Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives, and his latest book is Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier... and Less American.

Louisa Lim (Australian)

Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim is the author of Indelible City; Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Her earlier book The People's Republic of Amnesia; Tiananmen Revisited was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. She is an award-winning journalist and podcaster, who spent ten years reporting from China for the BBC and NPR. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and co host of The Little Red Podcast.

Shaimaa Khalil (Australian)

Shaimaa Khalil

Shaimaa Khalil is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC for more than twelve years. She’s currently the BBC’s Australia correspondent. She has reported across the Middle East, covering some of the biggest stories of the last decade, including the Arab Spring, the military campaign to liberate Mosul, the 2016 US elections and Australia’s 2019-2020 Bushfires.

Jonathan Pearlman (Australian)

Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and world editor of The Saturday Paper. He previously covered foreign affairs and politics at The Sydney Morning Herald, and has reported from the Middle East, the US and Africa. His writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Strait Times, The Diplomat and Australian Book Review.