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Exiled Syrian opposition leader: ” Chemical attack, a set up “.

Meet Haytham Manna, a Paris-based Syrian opposition leader, in exile for 35 years. Manna became a spokesperson for the NCC National Coalition Committee, a controversial organization.

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Students open discussion

How To Process News Positively

Here we’re in 2013!  And our team went through an editorial roller coaster, derailing too often toward the dark side of the News.  Collectively we started analyzing our reaction after:  Aurora, the battle field created by the electoral campaign. Then came, the devastation from hurricane Sandy, followed by the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, barely eclipsed by the End of the World competing with the Fiscal Cliff,  for the scariest effects on our psyche.

We came to an obvious conclusion,  on a daily basis the news as reported by the media is polluting our mental space with negativity.   As journalists we can’t ignore the catastrophes seen on the news, but we believe we can process them differently.

There are 2 ways to examine the case of Jioty Singh Panday,  murder rape in New Delhi, India,  a tragedy caused by the lowest level of human behavior (negative form), or, a heartbreaking event highlighting Indian women’s fight for respect. (positive form)

Negative Processing: Examples…

  • Gory description of the rape.
  • Details about the rapists.
  • Judgment about the victim’s behavior or attire.
  • Releasing names of the murderers.
  • Stories reporting on the violent side of the reaction protests.

Positive Processing :

  • Interview of friends remembering the victim.
  • Story behind her martyr name, Braveheart.
  • Talks of initiatives for change by dedicated associations.
  • Reporting on peaceful and hopeful tributes.

Let’s  illustrate the concept by comparing this Article from Elle France, showing women destroying a bar that sells a drink called, Balatkari,  (« the rapist » in hindi). As opposed to 600 hundred guitarists in Darjeeling playing John Lennon Imagine for the young Braveheart.

Discussion:

Plan I ( for Ideal):  “To have a video of this Memorial event, none of us can find one “.

Plan B : ” We can use the picture and play John Lennon.”

” Let’s try! ”

Musicians play John Lennon's "Imagine" in a memorial tribute to the 23-year old Indian gang rape victim, during a mass guitar ensemble played by some 600 guitarists in Darjeeling on January 3, 2013.      Photo credit: DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images
Musicians play John Lennon’s “Imagine” in a memorial tribute to the 23-year old Indian gang rape victim, during a mass guitar ensemble played by some 600 guitarists in Darjeeling on January 3, 2013. Photo credit: DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images

Remembering the danger facing war correspondents.

Since French photographer Olivier  Voisin was killed,  2 more journalists lost their lives in Pakistan.

  • 1 March 2013 – Mehmood Ahmed Afridi – Correspondant pour le journal Intikhab
  • 27 February 2013 – Malik Mumtaz Khan – Geo News TV, groupe de presse Jang

The casualty counter is turning fast on Reporters Without Border’s site. For us it’ s time to reflects on this situation, We have a lot of material to help us formed pour own opinion. For starters, we want you to go meet photojournalist Lindsey Addarion, interviewed by Christiane Amanpour, on February 22.  The discussion, is about the increasing risks that the journalists are now facing.  As a consequence free lance journalists who, until recently were traditionally those covering the conflicts zones, start feeling restricted in their assignment.  Are you ready to sacrifice your own safety to bring this unique shot? Do you think there’s alternative,  like the one chose by Lindsay in her last trip to Syria ?

Sunday, February, 24th 2013: French free-lance war photographer, Olivier Voisin, succumbs to his injuries in Antakya International Hospital. The victim of a car bombing incident in Syria two days previous. He is the 10th journalist killed since January 2013.

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The Shield Weighing in on Guns

Directed by Andy Evans, The  journalism workshop of Westmont High, in Silicon Valley, California, is publishing, ” The Shield”,  a monthly Newspaper.  So far they are learning the craft with the tools of  the traditional press, and soon will be ready to shift and produce a digital version of their work. Continue reading The Shield Weighing in on Guns