Philadelphia workshop on covering veterans this Friday/Saturday – FREE

Not sure if there are any Philly-based folks on this list, but this FREE workshop sounds pretty good. Pass it on to your colleagues!


The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma of the Columbia Journalism School invites you to a two-day professional training workshop April 1 & 2, 2011 in Philadelphia on covering returning veterans.

In-depth reporting on veterans, especially at the local and regional level, poses special challenges – from navigating the VA and local agencies to understanding the psychological injuries many soldiers carry home. We’ve designed this free workshop (funded by Philadelphia’s Scattergood Foundation) to help reporters and editors in the greater Philadelphia region both develop a rich array of authoritative expert sources,  and learn ideas and strategies for high-impact local stories and projects on veterans from award-winning colleagues.  

The workshop will offer practical tips and expert sources on issues including among others:

·      PTSD, TBI and mental health

·      Soldiers and families

·      Navigating the VA and vets’ culture

·      Women veterans

·      Suicide

·      Veterans, violence and the criminal justice system

·      High-impact local stories on veterans’ issues

Speakers include T. Christian Miller of Pro Publica; Helen Benedict, author of The Lonely Soldier; Iraq veteran and former U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy; the Hon. Patrick Dugan, Philadelphia Veterans’ Court; Kelly Kennedy, USA Today and author, They Fought For Each Other; and many others, including a wide range of experts on veterans issues.

There is no cost to attend.

More information can be found at:

To register, please contact Kate Black at

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