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Jun 01, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
Around the world, people are still getting away with murder. Indeed, among the three worst-ranking countries for anti-press violence, all showed no improvement, and some even worsened, according to the just-released 2011 Committee to Protect Journalists' Impunity Index.
May 26, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
Reuters journalist Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian citizen, was arrested and held in Syria for four days nearly two months ago. Today, Reuters published a story by Al-Khalidi describing his experience at the "Mukhabarat", his treatment by Syrian intelligence services -- and the scenes of torture he witnessed.
May 24, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
Meredith Levine teaches journalism at the University of Western Ontario.This past year, she created and taught the first-ever Canadian j-school course on death and dying. Levine's graduate j-students visited palliative care units in the city, and interacted with the terminally-ill patients , as well as their families and health care providers. The result: a series of stories that will be hosted on CBC.ca. But what is it like to report on subjects who may die, or did die, by the time the story was published? And how do you encourage students to keep going when it gets too depressing? We talk to Levine, and two of her students.
Mar 30, 2011 - Posted by Claude Adams
Japan is a heart-breaking human story, and the images from the disaster zones have been extraordinary. But is this story really better served by having thousands of foreign journalists on the scene, journalists who are themselves at risk of psychological trauma, radiation poisoning or worse? Claude Adams has a first-person perspective on how, and why we cover disasters.
Mar 30, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey
In these days of SEO-friendly headlines, long-standing language rules are often ignored -- like the one that says you can evacuate places, but not people. Judy Maddren, former CBC grammar guru, sets the record straight.
Mar 28, 2011 - Posted by Heather McCall
Journalists working in the Ivory Coast capital Adidjan are finding themselves trapped between two sides of a looming civil war. ProjetJ reporter Anne Caroline Desplanques spoke with Stéphane Goué, a freelance journalist and president of the country's Committee to Protect Journalists, about the threats he and his fellow journalists are experiencing.
Mar 23, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey
Four recently-kidnapped New York Times journalists tell their harrowing tale. 
Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey
Six days ago, four New York Times journalists were reported missing. It was later learned that the four were detained by the Libyan government. They were released today under the expectation that they leave the country within hours, VOA News reports. Other journalists, including two reporters and a photographer from French news agency AFP, remain missing. 
Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey
Four New York Times correspondents in Libya have failed to check in with the paper since Tuesday morning and are considered missing. CNN notes that NYT editors received secondhand info that reporters were "swept up by Libyan government forces."

Poynter notes that two of the journalists have been kidnapped previously. Reporters Without Borders notes that journalits are facing an increasing risk of abduction, with 51 journalist kidnappings in 2010 compared to 33 in 2009 and 29 in 2008. Most recently, dozens of journalists were attacked in Egypt. Update: Libya's government has released the four NYT journalists after holding them for six days. Other journalists remain missing or detained.
Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey
To combat the sensational and context-less tendencies of 24-hour live coverage, news organizations should implement disaster coverage strategies ahead of time, Tim Goodman writes for The San Franscisco Chronicle, adding that most American reporting of Japan's trio of disasters lacks context and basic reporting skills. 
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Covering Violence & Trauma

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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.

      

   

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