Dart to Deliver Trauma Preparedness Program for Cayman Media

Award-winning journalists, disaster experts, mental health practitioners, and survivor advocates will gather on October 6 to discuss the ethics and craft of covering trauma news during a one-day workshop for Cayman media professionals. Sponsored by the Dart Center, this will be the first programme of its kind in the Caribbean.

“News professionals in Cayman, just like their colleagues elsewhere, face special challenges when covering violence, disaster and tragedy–from domestic violence and crime to hurricanes and other disasters,” said Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director of the Dart Center. “This workshop is designed to help all Cayman reporters and news organisations fulfill their mission effectively, and to help Cayman residents benefit from recent innovations in trauma reporting around the world.”

The workshop, to be held at the Westin Grand Cayman, is open to all Cayman-based news professionals in any medium. In addition to the Dart Center’s Bruce Shapiro, speakers will include Russell D. Lewis Southern Bureau Chief, NPR News, lead producer of NPR’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and numerous other large-scale crises; Marc Lockhart, MD, Director, Behavioural Health Associates Cayman; Simon Boxall, Awareness and Education Officer, Hazard Management Cayman Islands; Julene Banks, Attorney and member, Cayman Islands Mental Health Commission; Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, Executive Director, Cayman Islands Crisis Center; Mike Cranswick, Detective Superintendent, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service; and Paula Stonoga, Domestic Violence survivor and advocate

Interested journalists, photographers, news managers or bloggers should RSVP to Kathy Jackson.

Click here for the full press release.