After the frenzied scramble comes, in time, self-examination. It needs to be the other way round, says Cliff Lonsdale, president of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.
He understands why we do it, but Paul Benedetti is having second thoughts about the ethics of interviewing children and youths. Benedetti is an award-winning columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and program co-ordinator for the Graduate Program in Journalism at Western. He’s struggling to put his finger on exactly what’s making him uneasy – but he says his sense of unease is growing.
Two young Canadian journalists working freelance in some of the world's most dangerous regions will benefit from the first safety training bursaries offered by the Forum Freelance Fund.
It’s a hot topic, with many controversial overtones. But the International News Safety Institute plans to tackle it head-on in a new guide to safety for female journalists, and it is asking women around the world to help. For the project’s coordinator, Hannah Storm, the bottom line is that more needs to be done to help women feel confident reporting in unsafe environments.
Megan Radford is a graduate journalism student at the University of Western Ontario — she’s already undertaken an internship in Malaysia and covered the G20 protests in Toronto. Last weekend, in her final term, she attended a workshop on Journalists & Risk which explored physical and emotional safety considerations in her chosen profession. Now she asks: Are journalism schools paying too little attention to these issues — too late?
Continue Reading “Why didn’t you tell me this before?” Why j-schools need risk & trauma training
Calling all journalism educators… March 25, 2011 is the deadline for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma’s 2011 Academic Fellowships.
The program is designed for journalism educators working with students on effective and sensitive newsgathering, storytelling and self-care when reporting on human tragedy and trauma.
The fellowship provides three days of seminars, training and discussion from June 15-18, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, plus up to $500 of financial support for fellows to complete academic projects or develop curriculum. The in-depth training on teaching effective trauma journalism is open to college and university journalism faculty and student media advisers from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
See the website for an online application form and full details.
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Lara Logan’s sexual assault by a Cairo mob should have media organizations rethinking how they might better support reporters in the field, especially if they are female. Former CBC Radio News Managing Editor and NPR News VP Jeffrey Dvorkin has some suggestions about where news managers might look.
Jeffrey Dvorkin teaches in the journalism program at Centennial College/University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. He is a member of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma and the Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen.
Continue Reading Risky business for all journalists: Foreign reporting
The physical and emotional wellbeing of Canadian journalists will be front and centre on the second day of the CAJ national conference in Montreal (May 28-30). Cliff Lonsdale, president of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, will moderate two sessions focusing on difficult assignments at home and abroad. He says there are issues the whole industry needs to get together to tackle.
Whether reporting abroad or in “hot spots” in their own backyard, four CBC journalists agree that talking is the key to coping with reporting from danger zones. Sylvia Squair reports on an International Women’s Day event featuring CBC’s Nahlah Ayed, Alison Smith, Connie Watson and Laurie Graham.
Continue Reading Its not cool to NOT talk about it
The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma is offering a new academic fellowship, open to journalism teachers at the college or university level
across North America. The centre notes that young – even student – reporters are often
assigned to cover crime, accidents and other local or campus stories which can
have negative psychological impacts on them.
The deadline for applications is March 26.