Join me in this live 90-minute class and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned while documenting recent war crimes in Ukraine – and about the ways that professional journalism can save lives and help restore justice.
My name is Nataliya Gumenyuk. I very much hope that you will join me for my upcoming class, Five Things I’ve Learned about Confronting War Crimes, from the Front Lines.
I am a Ukranian, and I have been an international reporter and journalist for almost two decades. I am a documentary filmmaker, and the author of several documentaries and books. I write regularly for The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Rolling Stone, Die Zeit, and The Atlantic. I have covered conflicts and foreign affairs in almost fifty countries, and my reports on the horrors of war won the 2022 Free Media Award by the Fritt Ord and Zeit Foundation.
I am also a founding member of the Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies, a non-profit organization that partners journalists with lawyers so that together they can document, verify, and codify legal evidence of war crime cases. I run the team of journalists and researchers based in Ukraine that collects and confirms war crimes testimonies so that these statements can be used in media and in future court cases.
I hope you will join me in my 90-minute class so that I can tell you what I’ve learned while uncovering recent atrocities on the ground in Ukraine. During our time together, I wish to share details about the terrible, ongoing consequences of the Russian Invasion of my country. I also wish to share our ongoing aims for the Reckoning Project and why I believe that one day we might all possibly use this continuing tragedy as an opportunity.
As I’ll explain, I’ve come to believe that my reporting – and the reporting of my colleagues – can serve as a source of light that helps us better understand and recognize the need for justice for war’s innocent victims. I’ll also share what I’ve learned to be important answers to questions that confront me and my colleagues as we do our work every day:
- How it can be that you feel the strongest while reporting the most horrible things you’ve seen?
- How do you become practical –personally and professionally– in the midst of dire situations both when your country is invaded?
- How does it happen that you become used to tragedies, even tired of them?
- How as a writer and reporter do you fight compassion fatigue, and push through to speak about complex stories in appealing ways?
- How is it the case that true journalism is not just activism, but something that actually makes an important difference?
I believe that the answers to these questions are practical, and worth sharing. While I may be in the middle of very dark circumstances, I very much believe that professional journalism can save lives.
I wish to share this understanding with you.
I hope that you will join me,