Presented by Carolyn Thompson, Visiting Journalist in Forestry Issues
Tuesday, March 6th, 12:30-2:00pm
Room 104 – 6388 Crescent Road, UBC
Journalist Carolyn Thompson shares her experience reporting on illegal forestry in South Sudan – the newest country in the world. She will tell stories of visiting freshly-cut forests, where villagers say they have been shot at while trying to protect their environment. In a young country still developing its policies, rules are unclear and logging permissions are easily bought. Many villagers have been forced to flee to refugee camps, taking shelter from the conflict while their future at home is disappearing. And the sale of teak wood is enriching business owners and likely helping both sides of a civil war.
About Carolyn Thompson
A freelance data journalist, Thompson’s reporting focuses primarily on refugees, environment, economy and government accountability. Her work has appeared on the CBC, France 24 and, News Deeply, among others. She previously worked as a media trainer and reporter in South Sudan and Ghana. She also taught computer-assisted reporting at the University of Windsor. Thompson has been nominated for awards by the Online News Association, the Ontario Newspaper Association and the Atlantic Journalism Association.