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Workshops & speakers' bureau

SPECIAL EVENT: View the Webcast of REPORTING ON THE 9-11 VICTIMS: Are Journalists Making Wise Choices?

The School of Journalism's Victims and the Media Program hosted an open discussion for Michigan State University titled "Reporting on the 9-11 Victims: Are Journalists Making Wise Choices?" Friday, Sept. 21. Click here to view the Webcast, courtesy of WKAR and viewable on the web at WMSU.org. Co-sponsors of the event were WKAR, The State News, the MSU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Impact 89 FM.

Area journalists and faculty members of the Victims and the Media Program responded to questions and comments from students and members of the MSU community about news coverage of the events on Sept. 11 and the aftermath of the terrorism. The goal of the discussion was to help readers, viewers and listeners better understand the process and standards by which journalists make decisions when covering disasters.

The Victims and the Media Program has conducted workshops for: newspapers (Detroit Free Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution), media associations (Michigan Press Association, Associated Press), journalism educators (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications), victim service providers (U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, Michigan Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence) and community groups (Kiwanis, Lansing Chapter of the American Red Cross). Topics include: Issues and challenges in reporting on victims of violence and catastrophe, tips and techniques for reporters, the impact on journalists, innovations in journalism education, the media and rape prevention, the media and youth violence and what viewers and readers can do.

Representatives of the program have also appeared on panels at the Society for Professional Journalists, the Newseum, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Institute on Coverage of Disasters and Tragedies hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma. (Click here to visit a mini-Website created to summarize the presentation at the Society for Professional Journalists annual meeting in Columbus, December 2000. Please bookmark this site before you leave.)

The Victims and the Media Program also hosted a workshop for journalists on reporting on victims at Michigan State University in 1998. In fall 2000, the program offered a one-day workshop on Wrongful Conviction. (Click here to visit a mini-Web site on the topic. Please bookmark this site before you leave.)

The Victims and the Media Program is eager to provide workshops and speakers to appropriate national, state and local groups interested in the issues, however, resources are limited. To discuss possibilities, please contact us at 517.353.6430 or e-mail Bonnie Bucqueroux at bucquero@msu.edu.