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Friday, November 17 • 14:00 - 15:15
Disaster Reporting

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Covering disasters -- whether natural or human-caused -- takes a special set of skills. Investigative journalists today are using a combination of tech-savvy approaches with time-tested methods of on-the-ground reporting. They are also learning to better deal with the tragedy and trauma around them. Here are four veterans who have experienced very different disasters and learned how to cope under pressure. 


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Cait McMahon

Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific www.dartcentre.org/asia-pacific  since 2004.  McMahon is a psychologist, and began working with the media in 1987.  Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychological safety and resilience for media... Read More →

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Ismail Ferdous

Documentary photographer, -
As a documentary photographer, Ismail covers social humanitarian issues. His recent project, The Cost of Fashion, is a photo and video advocacy project that began after documenting the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the worst industrial disaster in history. The project continues to spread awareness about the fashion industry and its negative effects on workers in Bangladesh. | In Bangladesh he has also documented the effects of global warming and HIV/AIDS on local communities since 2011. He has also photographed violence against women in Guatemala, refugees along the border of Turkey and Syria and human trafficking in Southeast Asia. He has worked for many major Media Publications, NGOs, agencies and news organisations NYTimes Magazine, MSNBC Photo, AlJazeera America, BBC Media Action, UNDP, Associated Press, Showtime, the World Bank, Oxfam, SIDA-Global Reporting, the Ocean Conservancy etc.  | In 2014, Ismail presented at... Read More →
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Umaru Fofana

Correspondent, BBC
Umaru Fofana has been a journalist for over 20 years and has reported from Asia, United States and several countries in Africa. He is based in his native Sierra Leone from where he works as a freelance journalist mainly for the BBC and Reuters. He co-owns the FreeMedia Group which operates a newspaper called Politico... Read More →
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Amantha Perera

Asia Pacific Coordinator, Dart Center Asia Pacific
Writer and a trainer based in Colombo Sri Lanka, Amantha is the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School. With over 15 years of experience working in Sri Lanka and overseas, he has covered the island’s civil war and post conflict developments for international and local outlets, as a correspondent for TIME, Thomson Reuters Foundation, al-Jazeera, the Guardian, Inter Press News Service and IRIN. He has also worked extensively in Asia on issues like extreme weather events, natural disasters, post conflict situations, climate change and climate negotiations. | | | Amantha has been on assignment in over 20 countries including India, Indonesia, Nepal, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, UK, US, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and Brazil. He was an Ochberg Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School in 2013. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley (2003-04), a Jefferson Fellow at the East West Center, University of Hawaii (2001) and a DART Asia Pacific Fellow (2011). He was also a co-winner of the Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change reporting 2012,and PANOS South Asia Climate Change Media Excellence Award 2014. He was part of the Reuters team that won the 2016 SOPA Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. | | Twitter... Read More →
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Juliana Ruhfus

Senior reporter and investigative filmmaker, Al Jazeera
Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning investigative journalist, filmmaker and producer of interactive journalism projects. She has been the senior reporter for the Al Jazeera English "People & Power" strand for which she has made nearly fifty films since her film on Liberia launche... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 14:00 - 15:15
Wits Science Stadium - 1st Floor, Room 105 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

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