The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) posted online a recording of a panel discussion from its 2014 conference on how to tell the stories of trauma survivors with grace and dignity.
It was an interesting panel discussion and I enjoyed hearing the recording even though I could not attend the session. Dave Cullen wrote … [more]
The May rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from years in captivity was miraculous, but it also ignited a media firestorm, with news crews camped outside the house where they were held, and their families shielding them from cameras and onlookers as they returned home as free women – free women who had lost years … [more]
I spoke yesterday on “We’re Not Victims, We’re Survivors: Engaging the Media on Sensitive Topics” at the PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake Conference. The conference was well-organized and I enjoyed talking with other PR professionals about social media and got a little inspiration to improve communications … [more]
I enjoyed speaking last week for PRSA-NCC’s PR Day for Charitable Nonprofits here in Washington, D.C. One hundred people representing 80 different nonprofit organizations attended the half-day event, which was organized by our National Capital Chapter for the Public Relations Society of America.
Keynote speaker … [more]
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is well-known for its work in missing child cases, but in 2003, many did not realize it also supported services to assist survivors of child sexual exploitation.
One in five girls and one in ten boys will be sexually victimized before reaching adulthood. With the … [more]
It’s not easy to report on trauma and intimate partner violence. In this video from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s … [more]
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 … [more]
CBS reporter Lara Logan is barely out of the hospital after surviving being sexually assaulted and beaten in Cairo last Friday, and already the victim-blaming and bashing have begun on media discussion boards and public forums.
An NYU fellow and author of a book about the Iraq war resigned his post earlier today over tweeting crude … [more]
I originally read Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for a book club, but it offers a cautionary tale for communicators and organizations. Henrietta Lacks was a poor black woman whose cells – which were taken from her without her knowledge in 1951 – became an important … [more]
How do you talk with teenagers who survived a horrific mass shooting? Or cover such an event when you are a student yourself?
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has collected a series of resources to help journalists who are covering the aftermath of the Norway attacks.
Advice for journalists from journalists, information … [more]
The term “victim” has become a pet peeve for me. After working for so many years with nonprofits supporting survivors of trauma, I no longer like to see the word “victim” used solely to describe the amazing and courageous people I meet and support who are figuring out how to put one foot in front of the other again … [more]
When a Soldier, Airman, Marine, or Sailor dies in service to country, it’s not uncommon to see thousands of people line the streets to witness a funeral procession and honor that military service member’s life. Iconic images of families receiving folded flags at funerals are snapped by the news media and run in our newspapers.
The … [more]
In a post today on Susan DiMickele’s blog, Ami Neiberger-Miller talks about work-life balance and her journey as a working mom, public relations consultant and writer.
When asked about her greatest struggle, Ami discusses her brother’s death in the Iraq war and how his loss impacted her perspective on life.
My definition … [more]