By Christopher B. Daly
Are you a student journalist? Are you being asked to get out of the classroom and “learn by doing” through street reporting?
Are you a journalism professor? Do you send your students out to cover real events?
If so, you should know about a program we are developing in the Journalism Department at Boston University called “Stay Safe.”
Here’s an introduction, based on a panel discussion we held in September for more than 100 students.
The idea is simple: When the April 2013 Boston Marathon turned in an instant from a feel-good feature story into a violent tragedy, many of us on the Journalism faculty realized that we need to do a better job to train our students in basic safety techniques. Working with veteran correspondents from our own faculty, as well as front-line professional reporters and photographers, we are trying to distill the hard-won experience of covering wars, riots, fires, blizzards, and other forms of mayhem into a set of practical guidelines. Before our students venture out again, we want to make sure they go out there equipped with the “best practices” we can share with them.
Have a look at the video. Still to come: a permanent space on the BU Journalism website with guidelines, training videos, links, and a display of recommended gear for all student journalists.
If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments here, or email Chris Daly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks. . . and stay safe!