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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.

Apr 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Mindset, a guide for reporting on mental health, will be launched on April 24 in Toronto by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma and CBC News. The former’s president, Cliff Lonsdale, explains why journalists should take as much care selecting words and considering hidden baggage in mental health reporting as in anything else we do. 

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Toronto-born freelance photographer Mustafa was one of eight people killed in Syria by a bomb on Sunday. 

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee looked at whether journalists have a responsibility to discuss the potential consequences of an interview when dealing with vulnerable sources, and if that could be done without undermining journalists’ duty to serve the public interest by providing it with important information. Esther Enkin reports. 

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Covering Violence & Trauma

edited by JANE HAWKES, CLIFF LONSDALE and CLAUDE ADAMS





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.