Olga Kravtsova

Olga Kravtsova is one of the coordinators of the Frontline in Russia, a project mutually implemented by the Frontline Club in London and Russian Journalism Advancement and Support Centre. She is a Russian psychologist, holds degrees from Moscow State University and has worked with different traumatized populations such as rape survivors and forced migrants. She has studied human rights, trauma and related issues and is co-author of two books and several articles on the psychology of trauma, refugees and social tolerance. Olga has also worked with Russian and American journalists as assistant for the director of Internews, a Russian journalism training NGO, and as a production assistant for New York-based Downtown Community Television Center. In 2007-2008 she was a Fulbright Scholar in residence at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Her work there was focused on creating educational and support programs for Russian journalists. She also teaches a course on journalism and trauma for journalism students at Moscow State University.

December 28, 2010

Happy New Year

Dear friends! My warmest regards and best wishes to you on the coming New Year! It has been a busy year for the Frontline Club, and I wish it to grow bigger and stronger – and to have even more interesting and fruitful events next year! From my "psycho" point, wish you all to be […]

November 12, 2010

Wartorn 1861-2010

A new HBO documentary Wartorn 1861-2010 premiered last night. This film explores posttraumatic stress from the Civil War to today.  Wartorn 1862-2010 is directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent and produced by Alpert, Goosenberg Kent and Matthew O’Neill. Executive producer is James Gandolfini. The film continues an HBO series about the costs of war: Baghdad ER, Alive […]

October 13, 2010

Grants for photojournalists covering the aftermath of conflict

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues […]

September 22, 2010

Journalists in Kyrgyzstan Get Help to Deal with Post-Conflict Trauma

Internews website: Journalists in Kyrgyzstan Get Help to Deal with Post-Conflict Trauma Internews Local journalists in Kyrgyzstan use a press center in Osh set up by Internews to support post-conflict reporting. (September 8, 2010) During inter-ethnic clashes in Southern Kyrgyzstan in May and June, many local journalists suffered physical and psychological trauma. Unable to do […]

February 5, 2010

“China’s Unnatural Disaster” censored in Chinese media

The film we’re so excited to have in our Frontline Russia collection, and that has already been screened in the Frontline Club in London, "China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" earlier this week was nominated for Oscar! A couple of days later a news came that the Chinese government continues to be quite […]

November 17, 2009

Emergency workers and reporters

Last Friday I went to talk to the students who are going to be emergency service officials – and talked to them about interaction with reporters on an emergency site. It was pretty interesting I dare say. Prior to that I consulted with my former journalism students and working reporters on what we might want emergency workers […]

November 9, 2009

A question for reporters: what would you like to get from an emergency worker while covering a tragedy?

Dear Friends, It has been a while since I wrote here the last time… I apologize for the long silence (not that I really hope that you’ve really noticed – but I have been sort of ashamed that I abandoned my blog here for ages…) well, anyway, I’m back. Back – and have a question […]

March 18, 2009

What makes a good reporter?

– I mean, a reporter working in a traumatic situation? Are there psychological predispositions or skills to be developed – that would make a journalist more effective in working with traumas? This topic I started discussing with my students at the Moscow State University. And my smart kids gave me some interesting answers. They said you […]

February 17, 2009

New semester

Today was the first class of the new (spring) semester – the second (semester) for me as I teach Psychology of Trauma for Journalists at Moscow State University. The students are very nice. There were just 5 of them – the class is too early in the morning 🙂 – but the semester just started, […]

February 4, 2009

Women Reporters and Psychological Trauma

This Monday (1 February 2009) I took part in an interesting conference of female reporters, “Building Bridges Across Conflicts” in Moscow. Here is an article I wrote for this conference. When we talk about journalists and journalism – should we specify if a reporter is female or male? Probably in many aspects of professional activities […]

December 22, 2008

Smart students

Today I’m quite happy with my students 🙂 This semester I’ve been teaching a course on Journalism and Trauma (officially it has a long complicated title that I can’t even remember) for Moscow State University journalism students. They seem to be quite interested. They say their formal education definitely lacks courses like this. Soothing to […]

December 18, 2008

Reality and a story

Last night we were watching and discussing The Russians Are Coming! documentary with Moscow students – which is a quite light and easy film (unlike some other stuff in our “heavy” documentary package) – but nevertheless it provoked some serious thinking. Some viewers said that the impression is that Russians came to the States and are astonished by […]

December 15, 2008

First Post

Hello, This is my first (test) post here. I’m quite excited about the opportunity to lead a blog on my beloved Frontline website – about my favorite topic on journalism and trauma. Hope my enthusiasm will cover for my mistakes that you have to forgive – I’m not a native English speaker (I’m pretty good […]