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How I'm Coping with Life Inside the Ebola Bubble

What happens when a disease takes away the ability to touch? From Liberia, Ochberg Fellow and Buzzfeed Africa Bureau Chief Jina Moore on self-care, human connection and reinventing the language of compassion.

Journalists and Harassment

Among the many risks journalists face, they are often targets of harassment and aggression. While harassment is a concern for all journalists, female journalists in particular are more likely to be targets [Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 2011]. Despite increasing awareness of the issue, little is known about journalist-specific risk factors and consequences. Most recently updated in December 2017, this fact sheet summarizes key information about harassment of journalists. (Note: The topic of online harassment is not included in this review).

ABC Journalist Reflects on PTSD

ABC correspondent and Ochberg Fellow Sally Sara wrote for the first time about experiencing post traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan. Scroll down to listen to her piece, and read the full text below.

In Hong Kong, Inhibition Turns To Protest

For the past two years, Kevin Sites, a 2012 Ochberg Fellow, has been teaching at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. There, in large part to avoid being labeled problem-makers, his students rarely asked questions. For Sites, that's why the student-led protests in Hong Kong have been so remarkable.

When Division Is the Norm: Gitlin's Protest Tips

What should journaists know and think about when reporting on democratic protest? As the Hong Kong protests continue with signs of confusion and questions of leadership, author and former activist Todd Gitlin offers insights for reporters covering protests and social movements, where leadership, goals, and perspectives can be challenging to understand.  

As Hong Kong Protests Escalate, Reporting Tips

Thousands of pro-democracy protestors took their fight to the doorstep of Hong Kong’s chief executive despite a promise from the government to wait them out. The Occupy Central demonstrators have demanded that the city’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, resign his post or face escalated action. As the protests intensify, news professionals offer insights to reporters and photojournalists on best practices when reporting on volatile street protests.

Amid Threats, Australia Carries Out Terror Sweep

As the Islamic State began to name Australians as targets, Australia’s biggest-ever anti-terrorism operation was carried out last week with upwards of 800 police raiding more than a dozen homes across the suburbs of Sydney, the nation’s largest city. And in Melbourne, two anti-terror policemen were stabbed before killing a man who had allegedly threatened the Prime Minister. 

Covering Spot News: Tips and Wisdom

In many towns and rural areas of the U.S., emergency-scene access is controlled by fire police, who work in tandem with other first responders. Reporters and editors of the York Daily Record in York, PA have assembled a tipsheet for reporters gathering news of accidents, fires, and larger-scale disasters where fire police come into play. Much of their advice applies as well to emergency scenes patrolled by regular police or fire brigades.

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