Anja Niedringhaus, a German-born photographer who shared a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Iraq War, was shot dead April 4 by a policeman while on assignment in Afghanistan. She was 48. Her colleague, Kathy Gannon, was also shot and is expected to recover. Photographer Kael Alford remembers Niedringhaus, whose work spanned 25 years of international events and conflict.
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Yehia Ghanem, one of Egypt's most respected journalists, is living in exile in New York, separated from his family and uncertain of his future. If he returns to Egypt, he faces two years of hard labor in prison after a sham trial that convicted several dozen Egyptians with connections to international NGO's of illegally taking money from foreigners. A Dart Center exclusive.
In conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dart Centre Asia Pacific presents a new teaching video dealing with the treatment of news sources, "Getting it Right: Ethical Reporting on People Affected by Trauma." The project was developed to supplement teaching materials for journalism educators. Click here for a version with Chinese subtitles.
Dart Centre Asia Pacific spoke to media trainer Lisa Gardner about Mongolia’s pollution problem and preparing local journalists to investigate the story in Ulaanbaatar, the world’s second-most polluted city, where the poor air quality accounts for 25% of deaths.
On an international day of protest for five Al Jazeera journalists held in Cairo, Dart Center Executive Director Bruce Shapiro and other faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, sent a formal protest letter to Egypt's President, demanding the their release.
On December 6-7 2013, the Dart Center hosted a workshop for journalists to improve news coverage of immigrants and refugees, with a special focus on mental health. This workshop was sponsored by the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health.
Following the landmark PTSD case in which a journalist referred to as "AZ" sought damages against Australia's The Age newspaper, Bree Knoester, one of the plaintiff's lawyers, reflects on the case, which was ultimately won by The Age. Perhaps injuries are not preventable at all," Knoester writes. "What is clear, particularly through the work of Dart, is that there are systems that can be put in place by media organisations."
This article first appeared, in a longer version, in Precedent, the journal of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, issue 117, published in August 2013 (Sydney, Australia, ISSN 1449-7719), pp 40-44. It has been reproduced with the kind permission of the author and the ALA.
In what one official called "the worst act of violence suffered by media members since the start of the protests in December," Ukrainian journalist Vyacheslav Veremyi was shot by masked gunmen outside Independence Square. It is the latest example of journalists being targeted.
In advance of the Ochberg Fellowship, York Daily Record Sunday Editor Scott Blanchard writes about self-care, covering victims and his expectations for next week's fellowship at Columbia Journalism School. This column was originally published in the York Daily Record.