‘Solidarity Reporting’ Urged as Remedy for Pandemic Desensitization
“A solidarity approach is not about putting a happy spin on a global pandemic,” she said. “But what it is about is locating hope in paths forward, articulated by the communities most adversely affected by the status quo.”
Varma called the facts gathered in these kinds of stories, a “public cultural truth,” a term she attributes to Robert White, a fellow journalism ethics scholar.
“It’s about arguing that the standard for truth is that a claim cannot be true if it somehow denies or destroys another person’s lived experience,” said Varma.
Anita Varma, assistant director of Journalism & Media Ethics and Social Sector Ethics, speaking at the Carleton University School of Journalism's Journalism in the Time of Crisis conference and quoted in an article appearing on Medium.