Speaking on Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University
Ami spoke in 2014 at Columbia University for a group of journalism students on how to cover traumatic events with sensitivity. She talked about the challenges inherent in trying to report about traumatic events that have hurt people and used her experiences with TAPS since 2007 as a case study for discussion.
The students asked a number of questions – so many that her talk consumed the entire 3 hour class session. They discussed how journalists can build trust with the people they are talking with and interviewing following a traumatic event. They discussed examples – both good and bad – of news coverage about traumatic events.
One of the students went on to work with the PBS Newshour and arranged an interview with Ami in May 2014 to discuss media coverage and surviving families of fallen military troops.
Here are the slides Ami used to kick off the discussion: