In coming to terms with this election, journalists must examine the failure of our reporting to seriously account for the single feature of the Trump operation distinguishing it most profoundly from any modern U.S. presidential campaign: The tactical embrace of violence.
Amantha Perera, a foreign correspondent and Dart Centre Asia Pacific’s Regional Facilitator, reflects on covering the Sri Lankan Civil War. “I did not see fear. I did not see sorrow, hate or revenge. I wish I had,” he writes. “I saw a deep, unfathomable darkness. An abyss. As if there was nothing left to feel, nothing to live for.”
Dart's Executive Director Bruce Shapiro joined Storyful's Della Kilroy and Joe Galvin, and journalists Jenny Hauser and Razan Ibraheem, to discuss the impact of graphic content on both journalists and viewers, as well as methods to confront vicarious trauma in the age of graphic online content consumption.
The Dart Center has announced the recipients of the 2017 Ochberg Fellowship, a program that deepens journalists' reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. This year’s Fellows include outstanding senior and mid-career journalists in all media, representing nine nations and five continents.
During my career, I have interviewed dozens of people whose lives have been shattered by trauma. Each time, I agonized over the effect my reporting had on their suffering.
Did my journalistic mission justify probing into their private pain? Did I push too hard for details? Was I properly respectful and empathetic? Did anything positive come of it for them?
The third installment of On Assignment's “Women We Love” series features Kelly McEvers, a veteran conflict reporter and co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, and Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center's executive director.