Covering Sexual Assault

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Course Overview

Covering Sexual Assault
Originally Broadcast On:
February 22, 2009
Time Estimate:
One hour

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Covering sexual assault is perilous. Whether you are reporting on a high-profile criminal investigation such as the Duke lacrosse team, covering a kidnapping or trying to assess the competence of your local police department, you are balancing the needs of vulnerable stakeholders against your duty to tell the truth and inform the public.

This course, originally broadcast Feb. 22, 2007, examines the various issues you are up against when covering sexual assault. It will help you raise your awareness in interviewing victims, know the rights of the accused and understand public reports and surveys.

What Will I Learn:
  • Strategies for journalists and victim advocates who wish to work together
  • Hurdles that prevent us from telling the whole truth about sexual assault and educating the public
  • Techniques for interviewing victims and being sensitive to the rights of the accused
Who Should Take this Course:

This course is for anyone who has ever grappled with what -- and how much -- sensitive information to include in a story.

Course Instructors:

Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride is the vice president at The Poynter Institute. She is a writer, teacher and one of the country's leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute, of The New Ethics of Journalism : Principles for the 21st Century.

Her other work involves Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation project examining the transformation of journalism from a profession of a few to a civic obligation of many, the effects of technology on democracy, and the media habits of the millennial generation. She conducts workshops in newsrooms and at journalism conventions across the country. Twice she has traveled to South Africa to lead advanced reporting and writing seminars geared toward reporters working in a young democracy. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellymcb.

Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis is communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Training Partner:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in 2000, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention.

In addition to having the world’s largest special collection library on the topic of sexual violence, NSVRC’s activities include training and technical assistance, referrals, consultation, systems advocacy, capacity-building, integrating research findings with community-based projects, coordinating Sexual Assault Awareness Month, co-sponsoring national conferences and events, and creating web-based and social networking resources.

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