Conference: Trauma Journalism Training for Educators
Writing on Loss: Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander
Conference: Alternative Narratives of the Middle East
APA Presentation: Using Psychological and Clinical Evidence to Inform Journalism
Australia's worst natural disaster struck Victoria on Feb. 7, 2009, when the Black Saturday bushfires killed 173 people, injured at least 400 and affected countless thousands more. One year later, survivors and their communities reflect on lost loved ones, burned homes and physical and psychological injuries that continue to shape their lives, even as they cease to make headlines. News organisations writing the "anniversary story" can help make this time of reflection a healing one, but only if they consider how to report as respectfully and accurately as possible.
The Dart Centre has gathered lessons from other tragic anniversaries — 9/11, the Omagh bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the murder of Matthew Shepard — lessons from covering the bushfires themselves and general resources for covering traumatic events.
When children are victims of violence, journalists have a responsibility to report the truth with compassion and sensitivity.
A 40-page guide to help journalists, photojournalists and editors report on violence while protecting both victims and themselves. Click here for a Ukrainian translation.
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