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Understanding Resilience While Covering Devastation

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‘Journalists are not automatons. Expression of emotions is expected. To conceal dismay, anger or compassion at human suffering would be dishonest.’ This is what Stephen Ward wrote in an article for the Centre for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, after natural disaster struck Haiti in 2010. He warned equally against journalism based entirely on emotion and its propensity to manipulate or sensationalize, and against journalism only based on a studied neutrality, saying instead that in good journalism, the ‘emotional and the objective impulses should converge’- An excerpt of my chapter “When Professional is Personal” in More News is Good News. Ayesha Kagal, Ed. Harper Collins, July 2016. Published on thewire.in

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