Subject matter

The spirit of the workshop

"Ethics is not a condition of occasional, but must always accompany the journalism as the buzzing hornet"
Gabriel García Márquez

Reporting gives us the chance to witness historic events, and meet the change-makers and the victims of those changes. It allows us to better understand the world we live in and explain it to our audiences, giving them tools with which to articulate their responses. But to do that, we need to exercise some basic premises: to know the context and the journalist’s responsibility, respect the victims, check the information and use a narrative technique that makes it possible to create an informative product that’s interesting and influential.

For that reason, we tackle the very essence of journalism: the best work strategies, tools and tricks of the trade acquired through decades of experience. And above all, the techniques for working safely on the ground and caring for our psychological stability during and after the coverage.

The Agenda

day 1 / War reporters throughout history

A review of the journalists that have stood out covering international conflicts all over the world throughout history, and those who died exercising their profession

day 2 / why we do this

Journalistic ethics and responsibility / Basic knowledge of International Humanitarian Law / News judgement / Terrorism, an example of the new informational challenges

day 3 / Preparing to cover a war

Know your destination: from permits to cultural norms / Crossing borders, visas and accreditations / Recommended communications and software / Visible and invisible dangers

day 4 /Moving around and looking for information in a risk zone

How to navigate the chaos / The setting for finding information and looking for news / Interviewing and assessing the situation in a war or disaster setting / Journalistic narration that’s far from sensationalism

day 5 / Invisible dangers

Los riesgos imperceptibles / Normas básicas de seguridad / Procedimiento del primer interviniente en la atención sanitaria de emergencia en zona hostil (curso teórico y práctico) / Secuestros y bajas, víctimas y gestores de la fatalidad / El PTSD

day 6 / The conflicts that await us

News settings of the future / Multimedia audiences and idioms / Other narrative languages / Media literacy: how to distinguish reality from fiction in online media


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