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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Facing a second gruesome murder in as many weeks, the journalism community remembers Steven Sotloff and James Foley, and contemplates the challenges of a dangerous enemy. The Dart Center has resources for journalists who are dealing with these losses and covering the continuing story.
As the journalism community continues to grapple with the execution of American journalist James Foley in Syria, new details are released about a rescue attempt, and debate begins anew over the use of violent imagery. The Dart Center has resources for journalists coping with this loss, and for those who continue to cover the story.
Journalists working with a steady stream of uncensored violent imagery generated by the public are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences, according to research recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open. Partly in response to this study, the Dart Center has released a new, comprehensive tip sheet for journalists working with traumatic imagery.
Dianne Solis, senior writer for the Dallas Morning News, has been covering immigration for the past 25 years. As the humanitarian crisis on the southern border continues, we spoke with Solis about her experiences on the beat, and the challenges of working with children, establishing trust over short periods of time, and providing context for the average reader back home.