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The conference on Journalism in a Violent World, held 9-10 February 2008 in London, Ontario, was the inaugural event of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.  The event brought together 120 journalists, health care professionals, media analysts and journalism educators from Canada, the United States and Britain.

Participants included: Ian Stewart, former West African Bureau Chief Associated Press;Dr. Anthony Feinstein, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Chris Cramer, former head of CNN International; Giselle Portenier, award-winning documentary filmmaker; Brian Kelly, CBC News cameraman; Kathleen Kenna, former correspondent, Toronto Star; and Kevin Newman, anchor, Global National.

Delegates unanimously passed a Declaration that the inaugural conference:
  • Endorses the formation of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma to set an example to the international news community;
  • Urges the development and inclusion of content dealing with violence, safety and emotional trauma in all university and college journalism programs;
  • Affirms the Forum’s intention to act inclusively, drawing support from and extending programs to all elements of the Canadian journalistic community including professional organizations, education programs, employers, unions, and freelances; and
  • Recommends the confirmation of partnerships with news organizations, journalist support groups, individual journalists and like-minded organizations in Canada and abroad and the continuation of the Forum’s work through the creation of a representative Board of Trustees.