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Nov 23, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

Calgary freelance journalist Jeremy Kroeker snuck into Syria, hid his true identity, and lived as a tourist for three weeks. Rhiannon Russell talks to Kroeker about life undercover, being held by police, and getting the story in a place where it’s too dangerous for foreign reporters to use bylines.

Nov 02, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

J-Source sits down for an in-depth interview with Rachel Pulfer, the newly-named executive director for Journalists for Human Rights, to chat about the organization's upcoming 10th anniversary, entering Libya, and combating the atmosphere of fear in post-conflict countries.

Oct 31, 2011 - Posted by Jane Hawkes

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.

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

As a Senior Producer at CTV, Heather Sherman has tackled a lot of stories that weren't easy to tell. But a recent assignment to do a series on suicide put all her experience to the test, and reminded her why it's important to cover stories no one wants to talk about.

Oct 05, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

A group of Concordia journalism students delve into the role social media and journalism can play in preventing mass atrocities and genocide in the premier edition of this Journalists for Human Rights "Rights Check-up" podcast. This podcast was originally broadcast on Rabble.ca

Oct 05, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

Maria Assaf listens in as four CBC foreign correspondents demystify the challenges of foreign reporting. Anna-Maria Tremonti, Adrienne Arsenault, Peter Armstong, and cameraman Mike Heenan talk straight at the network's recent open house panel about reporting in war zones and foreign countries where nothing, it sometimes seems, is ever easy.

Sep 21, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

Canadian freelancers can now receive funds to attend hazardous environment safety training courses in the U.S. or Britain.

Sep 14, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

J-Source presents a two-part feature on Michelle Shephard's new book, Decade of Fear, an in-depth look at the evolution in terrorism reporting since 9/11. First, follow Alexandra Bosanac as she chats with the Toronto Star reporter at the Toronto launch party. Then, scroll on down for J-Source violence and trauma co-editor Jane Hawkes' fascinating Q&A about what it means to live the book's subtitle: Reporting from terrorism's grey zone.

Aug 22, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon

Staying alive in a war zone is obviously a good idea.  Less obvious is how to achieve that result. Veteran correspondents and photographers build their own, sometimes quirky, reserves of experience. Rosie Garthwaite, a correspondent with Al Jazeera English, drew on her own and that of many others to compile her new book "How to Avoid Getting Killed in a War Zone." Claude Adams -- no stranger to war zones himself -- provides a very personal review.

Jul 02, 2011 - Posted by Claude Adams
When reporter Mac McClelland went to Haiti on assignment for Mother Jones magazine, she met a woman who told a harrowing story of gang rape. That experience, and what happened to the woman subsequently, had a powerful effect on McClelland. "I was undone," she writes. What McClelland did to deal with her PTSD is a hair-raising story in itself--strange but true, and not for the faint of heart.
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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.