Roundup: Film portrays photographer’s struggle with PTSD

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Toronto Film Festival 2019: “It’s something that traumatizes everyone.”

Hugo Weaving, actor, “Hearts and Bones” film
Actor Hugo Weaving learned upon making his latest film “Hearts and Bones” that it’s not just soldiers who suffer from PTSD and the horrors of war, photojournalists also suffer from PTSD. Weaving plays a war photographer struggling with post traumatic stress, and in researching his role he said he was shocked at the number of war photographers and correspondents that suffer the same trauma as the subjects they photograph. The synopsis of the movie is about an unlikely friendship develops between two men from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma. YouTube video

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Google has changed its algorithm which could benefit journalism. Flickr art

ALGORITHM CHANGE: Google’s VP of News announced Thursday that the company has changed its global search algorithm to “highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting,” and to keep such articles in top positions for longer.

NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED: In the past, the lack of diversity in a newsroom was not unusual, but in 2000s the number of Latino and non-whites have only edged up slightly.

WHY? Newsrooms and journalists are asking why the Associated Press Stylebook drops hyphens when using compound modifiers.

DOING NO HARM: BBC journalist shares her experience on covering sensitive stories and follows the process of what we, as reporters, do when a tragic or emotive story breaks and it is our job to work with the people at the heart of it.

FEMALE JOURNOS & SAFETY: A CPJ survey describes how online threats often

accompany or imply plans to attack a journalist in real-life and offers safety tips to consider.

TRAUMA WHILE WORKING IN JOURNALISM: Houston investigative journalist Robert Downen, who did extensive work on how the Southern Baptist Convention leaders did not take action on alleged sexual abuse by church leaders, says “to deal with writing about trauma and the trauma that they actually take on in doing this kind of work.”

Journalists must work to actively demonstrate credibility and earn their community’s trust. The Trusting News team has designed a five-week online course that will give you research-backed strategies for earning trust in the course of your work.


Charlie Cole produced film footage for the Associated Press in 1987 that captures the iconic “Tank Man” standing in front of a Chinese tank during protests in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Cole, 64, was a native of Bonham, Texas.

Alex Herbst, 26, has passed away this week. He was the Weekend Meterologist and Weekday Reporter for KGBT-TV Channel 4 in Harlingen, Texas.

ABC 33/40 lost Sports Photographer Alan Baker passed recently. He worked joined the Birmingham news team four years ago.

News Around the South

John Lansing has been named president and CEO of NPR.

NEW NPR LEADER STARTED CAREER IN KENTUCKY. John Lansing has been named the new president and CEO of NPR. Lansing started his career as a photojournalist at WPSD in Paduchah, KY. He will oversee Voice of America, Radio and Television Martí and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 

ASK THE VETERANS JOURNOS: Listen to a podcast of two Tennessee veteran journalists and their view on the state of journalism when they are interviewed by Eric Barnes, CEO of The Daily Memphian, a primary daily online publication for in-depth journalism in the Memphis community. 

FINDING A WAY TO SUSTAIN LOCAL NEWS: The Facebook Journalism Project and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism announce 23 additional recipients of Community Network grants. Seven news organizations won grants in the South that will help support local news.

You’re Hired!

WKMS News Director Matt Markgraf leaves after 13 years at Kentucky’s Murray State University NPR station.

Moving from Idaho, Riley Bunch joins CHNI to cover state and national politics for south Georgia communities.

Ellen Kennedy joins Kentucky’s Robert County Connection as a staff writer. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. She will cover city and county commissioners for the newspaper.

Earning A Promotion?

Camilla Rambaldi will begin co-anchoring Fox News at Nine with Ryan Wolf starting Sept. 16. She has been a member of the Fox San Antonio team since January of 2016, reporting and anchoring on both morning and evening newscasts.

Groups Who Support Journalism

HOW TO COVER MASS SHOOTINGS: The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is offering guidance and advice to journalists to “have empathy and become educated” about racism causes and rhetoric and called for accurate and unbiased language use in reporting. 

BUILDING “WATCHDOGGING” INTO YOUR DAY. Denise Malan, senior trainer for the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), is presenting a daylong Watchdog Workshop in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, Oct. 18, starting at 9 a.m. The workshop will be held at Georgia State University’s Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Georgia Pro Chapter.

SPJ HAS NEW PRESIDENT: Patricia Gallagher Newberry became the 103rd president of the Society of Professional Journalists during the President’s Installation Banquet at the 2019 Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio, Texas. Along with Newberry, the following will be holding SPJ board positions in 2020: Matthew T. Hall moves into president-elect position and Rebecca Aguilar was elected as the secretary-treasurer of the SPJ national board. SPJ Regional Coordinators include: Jane Primerano (1); Stephanie Overman (2); Michael Koretzky (3); Paul Kostyu (4); Amy Merrick (5); Joseph Radske (6); Leah Wankum (7); Katherine Jones (8); Ed Otte (9); Donald W. Meyers (10); Deb Krol (11); and Jennifer Ellis (12).

RTDNA CHAIRMAN IS FIRST OF AFRICAN DESCENT. Terrance Shepherd leads the WLRN, Miami, news department, which has earned 30 regional and three national Murrow Awards in the past three years. Andrea Stahlman has moved to the Chair-Elect position. Directors -at-Large include Ellen Crooke and Kimberly Wyatt. Other regional officers elected or reelected include: Erica Hill (1); Brandon Mercer (2); Jam Sardar (7); Julie Wolfe (8); Tim Scheld (11); Mark Kraham (12).

NATIVE AMERICAN JOURNOS HOST CONFERENCE: The National Native Journalists Association (NAJA) will be hosting the 2019 National Native Media Conference in Prior Lake, Minnesota on Sept. 15 – 18.

Collegiate Journo News

NO COMMENT: “Journalism professors at Christian colleges and universities know the drill all too well” writes Knoxville News Sentinel Columnist Terry Mattingly.

$25,000 GOES TO NC JOURNO SCHOOL: An Arkansas media executive and his family has given a substantial gift to the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the school has been named Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

UF DEAN MAKES TOP LIST FOR BEST EXECUTIVE: Diane McFarlin, dean of University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications is named on Top 500 List in Florida Trend Magazine.

NEW JOURNAL: UF’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information debuts the Journal of Civic Information, the first open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research related to the field of public information accessibility.

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNO TO SPEAK AT GSU: Isabel Wilkerson will deliver the keynote speech,“The Great Migration: The Power of a Single Decision,” at the seventh annual Founders Lecture, hosted by the Honors College at Georgia State University on Oct. 28.

SUMMER PAID INTERNSHIPS: Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are more than 30 spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines. 

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