It's been three years since the Sewol ferry sunk off the coast of South Korea, leaving nearly 300 dead. As Koreans continue to struggle to comprehend this tragedy, Korean journalists are reckoning with the consequences of their own failings. Chong-ae Lee reports on lessons learned and a new tool available for journalists bearing witness to trauma.
Resources on Aftermath & Anniversaries
- Keeping the Promise: Lessons from the Sewol Ferry Disaster
- Rewriting History: Anniversary Stories, Shared Memory and Minority Voices
- Interview Excerpt on Covering Tragic Anniversaries
- Looking Back on Disaster
- Fifty Years On: Remembering the Aberfan Disaster
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- April 7, 2017 by Chong-ae Lee
- January 25, 2017
Suggestions on how journalists can use anniversaries to reexamine history in a new light and bring previously silenced or marginalized voices to the forefront.
Founded twenty-five years ago this month, Disaster Action has helped to reshape how the British political and legal systems respond to the needs of victims and survivors of public tragedies. In this edited interview, Pam Dix and Anne Eyre discuss their experiences with such disasters as Hillsborough, Lockerbie and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and its relevance for journalists covering the still unfolding aftermath of such events.
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