AJE winter seminar 2022: Giving ‘emotional flak jackets’ to journalism students

January 12 2022 1pm online

The world has become a more dangerous place for journalists and media workers to do their jobs.

Thousands of journalists have been killed in the course of their work while most of their killers go unpunished. Murder is not the only issue when it comes to silencing journalists: other methods include brutal physical attacks, kidnapping, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, torture, intimidation and harassment offline, and online in the form of hatred, rape and death threats, and misogynist attacks on female reporters.

Female journalists across the world and in the UK have been subjected to vicious online campaigns that aim to smear and destroy their reputations, bombard them with hate messages and with threats of sexual violence and threats to their families, designed to silence critical voices.

Many journalists leave the industry because of online abuse, which prevents them from doing their jobs. 

In light of this, it is becoming increasingly important for journalism educators to prepare their students to take their physical and online safety, as well as their wellbeing very seriously.

It is vital to consider how we teach young and future journalists skills that will serve them in their future careers and ultimately help to protect their lives and wellbeing.  This event is a step in this direction and a valuable opportunity for collaboration between journalism educators, journalists, organisations dedicated to their safety and protection, and the government. 

The event will include testimonies from journalists who have experienced abuse and harassment, representatives from Reporters Without Borders, CPJ, Headlines, plus academic presentations.  

For more information Lada Price (lada.price@shu.ac.uk) and Jonny Greatrex (jonny.greatrex@ntu.ac.uk)

To register for this event:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdeuqpjMpGdN9e6WbSSjJwTsDY6_k44_z

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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