Jim MacMillan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who taught a journalism and psychological trauma course last spring, will return to Temple for the Spring 2009 semester for round two of the class.
MacMillan’s class will feature discussion of ethical and personal dilemmas that often arise for journalists who cover traumatic events. He will invite guest speakers, including other photojournalists, print journalists, victim advocates and a medical expert.
Last year’s featured guests included photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson, Associated Press West Africa Bureau Chief Todd Pitman, NBC10 cameraman Pete Kane, former Philadelphia Police officer and Philadelphia Inquirer crime reporter Tom Gibbons and representatives from Mothers in Charge, an organization of mothers who have lost children to violence in Philadelphia.
MacMillan is a veteran photojournalist who recently left the Philadelphia Daily News after working there for 17 years. His experience with trauma and journalism comes not only from covering violence in and around Philadelphia, but also from spending a year working for the Associated Press in Iraq (his work for which he won the Pulitzer) and from covering news events like the Oklahoma City bombing, Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina.
This spring, journalism and psychological trauma will be offered as a special topics course listed as Journalism 3700, and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40 p.m. to 4 p.m. Seats are still open, and non-journalism majors are welcome with special permission.