Knight Center
Knight Center

DISTANCE LEARNING

Strategies for journalists covering areas of risk


Course Dates: 
Monday, February 20, 2012 - Sunday, March 18, 2012
Application Period: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 09:00 - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 17:00
Application Deadline Time Zone: 
CST - Austin, Texas
Course Language: 
Spanish
Instructor: 
Co-taught by Margarita Torres, Jorge Luis Sierra, and Sandra Interiano
Course Objectives: 

This four-week online course will help journalists to learn practical strategies of how to address the dangers of covering violence in Mexico. Journalists will also learn to reduce and prevent risks, to stay safe, and to maintain accountability with the public when covering violence in a community.

Course Requirements: 

The course is open to:
• Journalists working in Mexico (with an emphasis in Veracruz, Guerrero, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, and the whole country of Mexico.)
• Currently work full time or as freelancers for print, broadcast, or online news media

• Can commit to participating consistently in an intensive course that demands 10-15 hours a week.
• An Internet-connected browser, to see the Knight lectures and to read course material
• The ability to watch videos from YouTube or similar services.

Course description: 

The recently created North American chapter of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) is offering this online course for Mexican journalists, in collaboration with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Mexico City based network of reporters and editors, Periodistas de a Pié.

The course will cover the following four topics:

• The ethics of the coverage of violence and the interviewing of victims
• Risk analysis and threat management
• Digital security
• Trauma and the emotional self-care

The course is conducted entirely online and is divided into weekly modules that contain video and text lectures, documents, and useful online resources. Weekly exercises will be performed through chats, discussion forums and other class assignments. The course is intensive and requires ten to fifteen hours a week of dedication.

Participants may study at their own pace and according to their own schedules, but they will be expected to meet weekly deadlines for assignments and participate in weekly chats. Students who complete the requirements for the course will receive a certificate of participation from the Knight Center.

Instructor Information: 

The course will be taught entirely online by three expert journalists which include Margarita Torres who is an academic and co-founder of Periodistas de a Pié, Jorge Luis Sierra who is an International Knight Fellow of ICFJ, and Sandra Interiano who is a specialized therapist from El Salvador.

Luis Serra is a Knight International Journalism Fellow leading a special investigative journalism project on crime and corruption in Panama. He is an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor who has worked for organizations such as El Universal, Proceso, Reforma, El Independiente, Expansión, and Siglo 21 to name a few.

Torres is an academic at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, where she is the coordinator of the Latin American Right to Information project. She specializes in ethics and journalism, right to information, and journalistic professionalization in times of violence. She is also co-founder of the Periodistas de a Pié, a network of journalists who seek to share investigative techniques, strategies, reporting, narrative styles, ways of addressing ethical issues and ideas to strengthen coverage in their own work.

Interiano is a psychologist from the University Jose Simeon Canas Central of El Salvador and specializes in victim assistance and the prevention of childhood trauma. From 2000 to 2007 she worked in support of the editorial board and newsroom of the newspaper La Prensa Grafica in covering news events or journalistic works on children, trauma, natural disasters, domestic and social violence. She was also part of the advisory group to develop a crisis intervention program for the 2001 earthquake in El Salvador, funded by UNDP, organized by Tin Marin Children's Museum. She has given several lectures on child and adolescent development.


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