Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication will host the 21st annual Kesterton Lecture – Reporting from the Edge: Journalists, Trauma and Personal Security, presented by celebrated journalist and alumna Sheila MacVicar (BJ/77). The event will be moderated by journalist Matthew Pearson (MJ/09).

This lecture is part of the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) Research Series.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Where: Room 2220, Second floor, Richcraft Hall, Carleton
Info: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online.

Media are invited to attend the event.

As a foreign correspondent for CBC, ABC, CNN, CBS, as well as a host and correspondent for Al Jazeera, MacVicar has covered it all — from global tensions and terrorism to war crimes and regional strife. Her journalism has taken her to troubled areas around the world and earned numerous accolades – including three Emmy Awards, a DuPont Award and a Peabody Award. But at what price?

In this lecture, MacVicar will share candid insights about her experiences in the field and discuss the growing challenges facing journalists reporting from the edge.

A reception will follow the event.

About Sheila MacVicar

MacVicar began her career at the CBC as a national correspondent before becoming the network’s first woman appointed as a full-time foreign correspondent before moving on to become a co-host of The Fifth Estate. Her reporting has taken her from the Balkans and the Middle East to South East Asia and Africa.

Recently, she developed and hosted Al Jazeera America’s foreign policy show Compass and was the senior correspondent for the long-form current affairs broadcast, America Tonight, leading investigative teams reporting on intelligence and social issues.

She has developed a journalism series for Germany’s ZDF, TVO and nine other European broadcasters. She co-created and hosted the CQ/RollCall podcast series Oversight. MacVicar is co-founder and president of 4th Act Factual, a documentary film company.

About Matthew Pearson

Pearson is an Ottawa-based journalist who has worked for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Times-Colonist newspaper in Victoria, B.C. As a Michener-Deacon Fellow for Journalism Education, he developed a new teaching module for journalism schools to help prepare students for reporting on traumatic incidents and the people affected by them. He has presented this innovative work on trauma-informed journalism at conferences, journalism schools and in newsrooms across Canada.

About the Kesterton Lecture

The Kesterton Lecture, Carleton Journalism’s signature annual public event, honours Wilfred Kesterton’s pioneering contribution to journalism education in Canada. Saskatchewan-born Kesterton was a newspaperman and Second World War veteran when he became one of the earliest graduates of Carleton’s Bachelor of Journalism program in 1949. As the school’s second full-time faculty member, he was a leading figure in the program for 40 years.

Media Contact

Elizabeth Murphy
Communications Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8834

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