War in the 21st century is changing, and so is war reporting. Reporting on war and civil conflict anywhere in the world today means an awareness of the psychic as well as physical toll on soldiers and civilians; sophisticated understanding of human rights; and training in physical safety and emotional resilience. It means, as well, an honest assessment of the impact on journalists of covering war.
In a new book about challenges facing journalism, Dart Centre Europe Director Gavin Rees contributes a chapter about recent insights into trauma science and what journalists and media scholars can learn about them.
Part two of the Dart Center-duPont Awards All-Class Lecture series at Columbia Journalism School featured Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News. Moderator Ann Cooper spoke with Engel about covering violence and trauma in conflict zones throughout the Middle East. Watch the full event video below.
Matthew Ricketson, a director of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Asia-Pacific, review's David Finkel's latest book "Thank You For Your Service." A version of this review originally appeared in The Weekend Australian on October 12, 2013. On November 20, the Dart Center will host a conversation between Finkel and Steve Coll at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. Click here for event details.
On November 5 at Columbia University, the Dart Center and the duPont Awards co-hosted a panel discussion with Kelly McEvers of NPR, and Rachel Dissell of The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, on covering violence and trauma in conflict zones, here and abroad.
On July 17, the UN Security Council debated the safety of journalists. The following week, government officials, journalists and technologists gathered for TechCamp NYC, an event aimed at finding ways to use technology to protect journalists working in conflict zones.
National Center for PTSD
The Iraq War Clinician Guide was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense. It was developed specifically for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.
A story about combat-related psychological injury by M.L. Lyke of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. See the subheading, "GETTING HELP," near the bottom of the story, for an example of a sidebar with contact information for veterans' resources.
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