Editorial: Media plays an important role in mass atrocities

This past weekend, Carleton University hosted a conference called “Media and Mass Atrocities: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond,” which sought to discuss how reporting on mass atrocities like the Rwandan genocide could bring about change. Extensive coverage of the genocide inspired the public to demand action from their governments to intervene. The event served as a reminder about the role media plays in covering such heinous crimes against humanity. Paul Watson, a journalist who covered the genocide, spoke about how reporting can garner the public’s attention to atrocities happening in other parts of the world. For example, the image of  Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach made everyone’s head turn towards the Syrian civil war and […]

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Carleton hosts conference on Rwanda

A conference delving into how the media covers human rights abuses took place in Richcraft Hall on Dec. 1. The event was put on by Carleton University’s school of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights. The weekend hosted over 30 international experts and analysts on the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994. The event consisted of Carleton journalism faculty members Allan Thompson and Susan Harada, as well as other prominent journalists who reported in Rwanda during the genocide, and many others who analyze the causes and aftermath. The genocide in Rwanda saw over 800,000 citizens—primarily from the Tutsi ethnic group—killed by the Hutu majority in […]

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Journalism school holds info session on sexual harassment

Only two students attended an information session hosted by Carleton’s Equity Services and the School of Journalism and Communication about human rights and harassment in the workplace Nov. 13. The session was meant for students looking to undertake journalism internships and apprenticeships in the future in light of the sexual harassment and assault allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. One allegation came from a former Western University student who interned with CBC. “This was, of course, following out of all of the discussion there had been with respect to what was happening with the CBC,” said Susan Harada, the associate director of the journalism school. “This specific event did make us more aware that we needed to make […]

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