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QLD C4D NETWORK EVENT

Voices of the faceless: Personalising stories of tragedy and injustice

with Dr Scott Downman

When: Tuesday 30 June; 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Where: Lucky Duck Café and Bar; 15 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill

RSVP: brisbane.c4dnetwork@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/C4DNetworkOceania

Communication often involves telling the stories of people who have been traumatised, or have experienced suffering and exploitation. However, often expressing the stories of these people is ethically challenging. Identification has the potential to re-traumatise and further exploit the person. In an industry where visuals are increasingly important, this poses a tremendous dilemma for ethically-minded communication professionals. This presentation investigates the coverage of refugees, asylum seekers, the victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people and explores how their voices are covered within the media. It will be argued that traditional methods of communication that have relied onidentifying victims or using screens to hide identity are not necessarily the best ways to tell these complex stories. The presentation presents alternative practice in Brisbane and Southeast Asia to propose  a best practice approach for telling these kinds of stories.

Join the QLD C4D Chapter after the presentation to share and discuss some great C4D ideas with Dr Scott Downman

Scott Downman is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Queensland. For the past 10 years he has been involved with community development projects in Southeast Asia aimed at addressing the issues of human trafficking, labour exploitation, and work migration. From 2007-2009 he worked as a fieldworker for the Thai-based NGO Mekong Minority Foundation, in an AusAID-funded project in northern Thailand. He is the director/founder of HELP International, an anti-human trafficking not-for-profit organisation. He was the 2012 winner of Australia’s Future Justice Award for his media-based anti-trafficking work in Thailand.

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