Aug 25, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Where is the line between news value and shock value in communicating the horror of James Foley's beheading by Islamic militants?

Aug 15, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

While the staff articles showed restraint and said only that Robin Williams died of asphyxia or hanging, unfortunately a Reuters wire story posted by The Globe online included far too much unnecessary detail about his death, writes public editor Sylvia Stead.

Aug 13, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In the case of Robin Williams’s suicide, it is a very wide tragedy because so many people loved his humour and sense of fun, but also a very wide opportunity for the media to talk about this public health issue.

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Louie Palu is an award-winning Canadian photojournalist and filmmaker who has covered the war in Afghanistan and the Mexican drug war. J-Source asked him about his experiences covering violence and trauma and a personal documentary film in the works.

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Each of the bursary winners will receive up to $2,500 to attend a hazardous environment training course in the U.S. or Britain.

Jul 15, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

When tragedy occurs, journalists can’t step back. They should find and tell the stories, while making empathy and the interests of the community their compass, writes Brunswick News ombudswoman Patricia Graham. 

Jun 16, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In recent years, some newspapers are beginning to report on suicides, in particular those that highlight wider societal issues such as bullying or homophobia, writes Brunswick News ombudswoman Patricia Graham.

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Mindset is an important new guide to improving reporting and writing about mental health. It should be within easy reach in all newsrooms, writes Toronto Star public editor Kathy English. 

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Forum Freelance Fund is ready to double the number of conflict training bursaries it will award to Canadian freelance journalists this year in response to increased risks to their safety.

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health is designed for general-assignment reporters – the most likely first-responders when news that may turn out to involve mental illness breaks. Moderator David Common, CBC News correspondent and host of the World Report, along with panellists André Picard, public health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, Karen Liberman, speaker/mental health expert, and Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at University of Toronto and expert on the psychological health of conflict reporters), will discuss this guide to mental health reporting.

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Covering Violence & Trauma


This section deals with the physical and emotional safety of journalists in Canada and abroad, the impact of coverage on people caught up in violent and traumatic stories and the effects that covering violence and trauma may have on news consumers.