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MDDC Press Association 4-Part Codeswitching Series

July 11, 2023

Don’t Miss Our 4-Part Virtual Codeswitching Series
MDDC has convened experts in the field to help reporters understand how to report events in vulnerable communities – and examine their own unconscious bias that may be affecting their reporting. In this four-part series, experts from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and veteran journalists share their perspectives and best practices. This will be an incredible series that will reframe the way journalists approach their reporting. Join us! Each session is standalone, though we encourage you to join for all four.
Each session is free for members, students, and interns $20 non-member fee. Registration is required for link to the virtual events.

Session 1: Trauma-Informed Reporting Best Practices
July 31 1-2:15 pm

Join Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, as he discusses the best practices for journalists who are reporting on trauma-affected communities. This overview session will touch on how to ethically report on events in vulnerable communities and cultivate relationships in the field.

Session 2: Trauma-Informed Interviewing Best Practices
August 2  1-2:15 pm

Join Dr. Kate Porterfield of the Journalist Trauma Support Network as she discusses best practices for managing traumatized sources with a focus on how to talk with sources that have just been through a traumatic event.

Session 3: Connecting with Sources 
August 9 1:30-2:15 pm

Join moderator Liz Bowie of the Balitmore Banner as she moderates a panel on connecting with sources. Journalists routinely dive into situations and communities they don’t know intimately to cover the news. Join our panel to learn their tips on how to see people as individuals and not as identities. In this session, you’ll learn how to write for a broader audience and get sources to open up.

Session 4: Unconscious Bias in Reporting 
August 15 12:30-2:00 pm

In this 90 minute session, which will be facilitated by the Maynard Institute’s Co-executive director, Martin G. Reynolds, attendees will get an overview of the institute’s trademarked Fault Lines® framework, which reveals how we all see the world through the prism of race, class, gender, generation, geography, sexual orientation and other areas of self-categorization, such as religion, politics and social affiliations.

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