Guest Lectures

Guest lectures are available by request and arrangement. Typically, these are titled “Journalists and Risk” and they serve as an introduction to a broad range of situations young journalists are likely to encounter at the start of their careers. They begin with physical risks - including risk assessment techniques applicable in demonstrations, situations of civil unrest, natural disasters and investigative reporting - and move on to deal with the emotional challenges that are also part of the young journalist’s reality. While some examples are drawn from foreign reporting, the bulk of the material deals with situations that arise in domestic journalism at all levels, and may be encountered by journalism students on internships and other work experience opportunities. 

Lectures include slides and embedded video. They can be tailored to particular needs to some degree. They typically last 90 minutes, including time for live Q&A. In some cases, it may be possible for the lecturer to attend in person, but usually the event is inserted into a class by remote using commonly-available technology. 

There is no requirement for a teleconferencing system.
The classroom needs only an internet connection, two computers, two projectors with separate screens and a USB-webcam. 

The slides and incorporated videos are downloaded in advance, and played back locally on voice cues. This delivers quality playback without delays or connection problems. This “chain” involves one computer (not connected to the internet) one projector and one screen. 

The guest lecturer appears on the other screen via Skype or Google Hangout. This requires a separate computer with internet access, projector and screen, plus the webcam which allows students to ask questions down the line. 

Guest lectures delivered by this method are free of charge to the journalism program. 

For more information, contact Cliff Lonsdale: clifflonsdale@journalismforum.ca