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.
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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.
Last week at Women's eNews headquarters, guest speaker Claudia Garcia-Rojas shared best practices in reporting on rape and sexual violence, including how to use language and framing respectfully during an interview, how to make sources comfortable and how to use statistics effectively in reporting.
At this year's PRNDI conference, the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro was joined by 2010 Ochberg Fellow Russel Lewis, Rachel Dissell and Naomi Starobin on a panel and live radio show about covering crisis and tragedy.
Dart's Elana Newman spoke on a panel at the United Nations on the Safety of Women Journalists, as sexual assualts against women continue to gain attention.
Senate committee hears disturbing testimony from military women who were victims of rape by other military service members.
More than 85,000 signatures were delivered to the Ohio Attorney General calling for another arrest in the Steubenville rape case, which is set to open next week at the Jefferson County Courthouse despite defense motions to relocate due to fears of protest and intimidation.
The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women saw a need to create a Media Toolkit that addresses common issues stemming from how media currently structures news around rape and sexual violence, and how journalists can better report on these issues.
In reporting on trauma, terminology can be a sensitive and important topic. In light of the decision by the U.S. military to lift its ban on women in combat, Helen Benedict explores the issue as it relates to sexual assault in the military.