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Fallout from the Field

16 April 2019 @ 6:30 pm

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After witnessing the horrors of war, natural disasters or local crime stories, journalists must often cope with emotional trauma, moral quandaries and PTSD. How can reporters—and newsrooms—manage the personal impact of covering stories that involve human cruelty or suffering? How do these experiences shape future reporting?

To discuss these issues, join our speakers: Anthony Feinstein, University of Toronto psychiatry professor, who is a pioneer in the study of mental health trauma among journalists; Paul Hunter, Washington-based correspondent for CBC NewsPeter Akman, investigative correspondent for CTV’s W5; and Ioanna Roumeliotis, senior reporter with CBC News. The moderator is three-time Toronto Star National Newspaper Award winner Michelle Shephard, now a freelance journalist, author and filmmaker.

Tuesday, April 16
Doors open 6:00pm  |  Discussion 6:30pm  |  Reception 8:00pm TD Bank Tower 66 Wellington St. W., 54th Floor Toronto


Dr. Anthony Feinstein is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His specialties include studying mental health trauma among journalists. Dr. Feinstein is the author of In Conflict (1998), Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It  (2003), Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War (2006) and Battle Scarred (2011). His latest book isShooting War. In 2012, he produced a documentary, Under Fire based on his research of journalists in war zones. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won a 2012 Peabody Award. His series Shooting War (http://tgam.ca/ShootingWar) for the Globe and Mail Newspaper was shortlisted for a 2016 EPPY award.

Peter Akman is an investigative correspondent for CTV’s W5. Prior to joining W5, he served as Toronto bureau reporter for five years for CTV National News with Lisa Laflamme. Akman began his career as a video journalist for CTV in Timmins, Ont., then spent nearly eight years with CBC News, first as a reporter and back-up anchor stationed in Calgary, and later as reporter, VJ, and anchor for CBC Local and The National based in Montréal and Toronto. He reported from Libya during the fall of Muammar Gaddafi; from Egypt during the Tahrir Square revolution and the eventual fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; and spent two months reporting from Afghanistan while embedded with Canadian Armed Forces in the aftermath of 9/11. @PeterAkman

Paul Hunter is a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. for CBC News. He is an award-winning multi-platform journalist producing news length reports and feature documentaries for more than 30 years in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide. He has covered the Trump and Obama Administrations, the Rio Olympics, the Boston bombing, the Newtown massacre, the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip, Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan and the BP oil spill. @paulhuntercbc

Ioanna Roumeliotis is an award-winning senior reporter with CBC national news. Roumeliotis began her career in Montreal’s local newsroom in 1995. In 2000, she moved to Toronto to become a reporter with The National and went on to report on major news stories including the 9/11 attacks and produced award-winning investigative series on cosmetic surgery and teen mental health. More recently Roumeliotis covered the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault investigation as well as Canada’s #metoo movement and the Bruce McArthur serial murder investigation. Roumeliotis has also won acclaim for her reports on the business model for hiring disabled workers. @IoannaCBC


Michelle Shephard is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker who has covered issues of terrorism and civil rights since the 9/11 attacks. During her two decades at the Toronto Star, she reported from more than 25 countries, including Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and went behind the wire at the U.S. Naval prison in Guantanamo Bay more than two dozen times. Shephard was the co-director and producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Guantanamo’s Child, which won Canada Screen Awards for best direction. Her other films include CBC’s The Way Out (2018, co-director, co-producer, writer), NFB’s Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd (2015, producer) and the Peabody Award-winning Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (2011, associate producer and consultant). She is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, published in 2008 and Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone, published in 2011. @shephardm



16 April 2019
6:30 pm
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