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In the wake of Australia's child sex abuse scandals, the Royal Commission will be "bearing witness on behalf of the nation" when hearings begin in September. Journalists, too, will be called upon to inform the public, and to report on the sensitive proceedings. The Dart Centre has convened a special forum for news professionals preparing to cover the hearings, which took place in Sydney on August 30. Among the speakers were the Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission. Click here for the full schedule.
Despite increasing interest among journalism educators in teaching trauma preparedness, few courses are offered, according to a new study by San Diego State University journalism professor and 2011 Dart Center Academic Fellow Amy Schmitz Weiss.
In Sydney, Australia, a day of expert panels and journalist-to-journalist workshops aimed at promoting informed, accurate and ethical reporting on issues surrounding the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission, addressed this forum on August 30. Read the event report here.
Amantha Perera, a foreign correspondent based in Sri Lanka, describes how journalists deal with and ignore the effects of trauma. Perera was a 2011 Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellow and a 2013 Faculty Member on the Fellowship Program in Bangkok, Thailand. This article was originally published in the Lanka Monthly Digest.
Frank Ochberg, MD, chairman emeritus of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as expert witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ariel Castro for holding captive Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight for nearly a decade. In advance of the sentencing, Ochberg wrote prosecutors his assessment of the impact of Castro's acts on the three women, explaining the dynamics of victimization, trauma and endurance.
After covering Iraq, correspondent Michael Kamber felt the need to get out pictures and oral histories from colleagues that had not been seen or heard. Alan Chin, one of the photojournalists featured in the book, sat down with Kamber to discuss the making of Kamber's unique history of Iraq, Photojournalists On War.
After a devastating year covering the Middle East for NPR, Kelly McEvers unexpectedly turned the microphone on herself, as well as doctors, researchers, and fellow war correspondents. The result: a deeply personal radio documentary, "Diary of a Bad Year." McEvers will speak at a Dart sponsored forum Nov. 5.
At the Investigative Reporters and Editors annual conference in San Antonio, journalist and Ochberg fellow Marcela Turati gave a chilling keynote speech on the state of journalism in Mexico, urging investigative journalists not to abandon their colleagues south of the border.