October 15, 2019 at 9:21 am

IAPE Lecture Series: Ethics of Covering Difficult Topics

The Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE) Lecture Series presents a lecture series, The Ethics of Covering Difficult Topics.

All speakers present from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Schoonover 145

Mayeta Clark, Propublica Video Journalist, will speak on “The Social Costs of Fracking in West Virginia” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Schoonover 145.

Clark will first show her 30-min. documentary on fracking, “Powerless: The High Cost of Cheap Gas,” and then talk about the challenges of reporting on complex environmental topics and their social implications. She will also discuss how to report the traumatizing effects of fracking in a sensitive way, as fracking turns out to have a much bigger footprint than residents usually assume.

Clark is an award-winning director, producer, and cinematographer with a background in journalism and observational documentary film making. She will be joined by Ohio University alumna Lexi Browning (M.A. Photojournalism, ‘19), who helped with producing the featured documentary.

Tania Rashid, portrait

Tania Rashid

Tania Rashid, PBS News Hour Foreign Correspondent, will speak on “The Trauma of Reporting on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis” on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Schoonover 145.

Rashid has documented human suffering and violence in the context of the Rohingya refugee crisis. From interviewing survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to covering some of the world’s largest tragedies, Rashid will discuss the challenges of reporting on difficult stories and traumatized individuals, and how she deals with the psychological challenges that come with working in such environments. Rashid is an award-winning journalist who presently works for PBS News Hour. The focus of her work has been on human rights and women’s issues. She has also contributed to Channel 4 UK, The National Geographic Channel, Vice Media, and CNN International.

Rachel Dissell, Cleveland Plain Dealer Investigative Correspondent, will speak on “The Experience of Trauma Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime” on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Schoonover 145.

Dissell has reported on Cleveland’s response to sexual assault, teen dating violence, the juvenile justice system and, most recently, lead poisoning. She will discuss her approach to trauma storytelling and how to do the complex job of reporting on rape and violence. This is the battle to tell nuanced stories that honor victim experiences and challenge the system while also avoiding burnout as a reporter.
Dissell is an award-winning investigative reporter for The Plain Dealer (since 2002), where she focuses on the impact of violence against women and children, environmental topics, corruption, and other social justice issues. She is also an adjunct professor at Kent State University, her alma mater.

The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and E.W. Scripps College of Journalism.


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