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.
Jun 28, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
When the Canucks lost the cup, reporters covering the game found themselves in the middle of a riot. Dana Lacey tells us how two Vancouver newsrooms, The Province and Global TV BC, pushed information out to readers, in real time, despite tear gas, press-targeted violence and countless dead batteries.
Jun 26, 2011 - Posted by Claude Adams
She called herself a journalist; her critics called her a propagandist. She was vilified as a nutcase, a drunk, a fraud, a Taliban-lover, even a traitor. Nevertheless, Beverley Giesbrecht did something few Canadians dared to do--to venture into Pakistan's tribal regions with a video camera, looking for the "truth" about the jihadist insurgency. And she died under the most wretched circumstances. Her story, by freelancer Claude Adams.
Jun 20, 2011 - Posted by Jane Hawkes
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. 


Jun 15, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
Global News pulled a first-ever last night when it liveblogged from the frontlines of Afghanistan for an hour.
Jun 10, 2011 - Posted by Claude Adams
Judy Jackson's new documentary on war-related trauma, War in the Mind, will be aired on TVO next month. The Salt Spring Island filmmaker, who's had her own experience with PTSD, looks at a unique UBC program for Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan, and returned with serious trauma issues. A review by Claude Adams.
Jun 08, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
CBS correspondent Lara Logan's sexual assault in February brought the issue of sexual violence and journalists into sharp focus, writes CPJ's senior editor Lauren Wolfe. It has also encouraged more journalists worldwide to start speaking out.
Jun 07, 2011 - Posted by Lauren McKeon
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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.