Covering campus sexual assault: Panel discussion scheduled for November 7th at Temple University Center City

The Center for Public Interest Journalism is convening a panel of experts to examine the special challenges and responsibilities which come with reporting on campus sexual assault and related issues. Please join us on November 7th at 5:30 p.m. for this discussion on best practices while covering this rapidly emerging topic.

001We will gather in Room 307 at Temple University Center City, just across 15th Street from Philadelphia City Hall. (TUCC is #1 on this map.)

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Meet the panelists:

Allison Hrabar is a Swarthmore College student majoring in Political Science and Film and Media Studies.

As both a survivor of campus sexual assault and an aspiring journalist, she has a passion for the issue and the way it is covered by the media.

newman 1editedElana Newman is the McFarlin Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, Research Director at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and a a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.

Newman has conducted research on a variety of topics regarding the psychological and physical response to traumatic life events.

_DSC3121Carol Tracy is the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project, has been working to advance women’s rights for the past thirty years, and has presided over major legal victories in the areas of reproductive rights, discrimination in employment, education, athletics, and welfare.

Tracy is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Research.

“For too long, campus victims of sexual misconduct have suffered in unresponsive environments embedded with victim-blaming myths,” according to Tracy and a colleague, writing recently in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and adding: “However, finally, much like women in the military, college women are raising their voices in protest over these conditions.”

“Historically, critics say, schools have generally looked the other way, or worse, covered up sexual assault,” according to a recent report from Al Jazeera America. But could journalists do better as well?

According to a recent post at The Nation on covering rape: “Victim-blaming runs rampant in headlines and news features, sexual assault is often misnamed or mischaracterized, and women’s behavior is treated with more scrutiny than rapists’ crimes. Media makers are smart, interesting people who—like all people—make mistakes. But even well-meaning missteps cause harm.”

open-uri20130727-2-1u8v1cn_profile_largeTara Murtha will moderate the panel.

Murtha is an independent journalist focused on news, policy and social justice issues with particular interest in trauma reporting, representations of violence, gender/media issues and reproductive rights.

She is an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma and teaches journalism at Temple University.

Please note that you must present a photo ID at the front desk in order to enter this building building. Please RSVP if possible to info@cpijournalism.org, but last-minute attendance is welcome.

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