Up Close & Personal

A series of intimate talks
with some of the leading
names in journalism.

May 27

Up Close & Personal With Vardan Petrosyan

7 p.m.: Petrosyan is an actor, scriptwriter and performer. He is based in Paris and Yerevan and is widely considered one of the greater contemporary Armenian comedic actors of his generation with performances delving into critical political and social issues.

*In Armenian with simultaneous English interpretation

Moderator: Vardan Hovhannisyan, Bars Media


May 28

The Art of the Long-Form

5 p.m.: Long-form narrative journalism has always been a powerful tool for storytelling, allowing journalists to delve deeper into complex issues and bring stories to life in a way that engages readers and captures their attention. What are the unique challenges and opportunities that come with this form of journalism? How do journalists writing in this genre balance accuracy with storytelling? The speakers will explore the unique skills required for long-form narrative journalism, including research, interviewing, and the ability to craft compelling stories. 

*In English with simultaneous Armenian interpretation


Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker
Rozina Ali, The New York Times Magazine



Up Close & Personal With Oleg Khomenok

7 p.m.: Khomenok  has over 25 years of experience in journalism, media education, managing investigative reporting and media support projects in the post-Soviet media environment. He will be speaking about the challenges in the region, specifically post-Soviet states, over the past decade

*In English with simultaneous Armenian interpretation

Moderator: Andrew Lehren, NBC