Picturing Trauma: Challanges for Journalists – Donna De Cesare

Renowned documentary photographer Donna De Cesare came to Ankara May 9th, 2017. De Cesare, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of U.S. gangs in Central America.

Donna De Cesare during her presentation at Ankara University.

During her Ankara visit, De Cesare met with journalism and communications students at Bilkent and Ankara Universities. In her presentations De Cesare shared her work, which encompasses her first-hand experience covering the drug war and explained how she coped with the stress and trauma that stemmed from working in very difficult conditions.

Donna De Cesare is with Bilkent students.

De Cesare said, “Journalism is a vocation, it is not just a hobby or something that you are technically proficient, you have to have a real commitment to people. You cannot be a journalist without being curious and really caring about people, and caring about the world and making the world a better place. So, some of the people who are the most proficient photographers don’t necessarily have those other qualities, so I don’t think they make good journalists. I think it is the whole person that makes the journalist; not the camera, the equipment and all that stuff, it is the person.”

De Cesare is a 2013 Recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Award for Journalism Contributing to Inter-American Understanding. This prestigious award is the oldest award for foreign correspondence and like the Pultizer is a major career recognition bestowed by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For more information about De Cesare, please visit www.donnadecesare.com

Donna De Cesare after her presentations at Ankara University.