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by Rachael Maddock... | April 19, 2011 at 10:52 PM
A Leap Of Faith
A very interesting article about violence against women journalists, particularly in war zones.
I love the third page of the article where it says some male journalist won’t even go near to certain stories involving sensitive issues relating women.
Women have tremendous advantage over men while covering these areas, especially in War zone – so the question is – Why news outlets/broadcast channels do not prepare them adequately? A women asking for tips to protect her sounds like complaining to ‘professionals’ in many areas – it’s not unique to journalism. I am not going to be surprised if she is told to be ‘tough’ to become a journalist implying she can’t seek help or tips when there’ s a clear need.
Instead of teaching professional narcissism it’s really important for J-schools to incorporate tips/modules specifically designed for women which will prevent many unwanted incidents. I have seen J- school graduates obsessed with covering stories and paying less attention to ‘how’ safely they could cover.
Not all female journalists will experience the same kind of issues in Middle East; it’s really different in different countries. In my country, it’s good to prepare for dealing with the moral cops, unimaginative bureaucrats and few men telling you to cover up properly depending on the location you’re standing not fully covered, especially if you look non-native which means not Arab, not Asian, and not African.
The less journalist look like a journalist – the less trouble they face, integrating among the population is vital, speaking the local language in the local accent is a major PLUS!
I wonder how many women fail to use their own instincts while reporting these stories as they have to be ‘objective’ in masculine terms. Or listen to advises of their entire male crew.
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