• Fact Sheet

    Jan 1 2009

    Covering Trauma: Impact on Journalists

    An overview of current research on the occupational hazards for journalists covering traumatic events, the risk factors that aggravate those effects and some suggestions for mitigating those factors.

  • Tip Sheet

    Jul 15 2011

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

    Quick tips on covering sexual violence, from preparation to writing the story.

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    The Syndrome

    PTSD is three reactions at once, all caused by an event that terrifies, horrifies or renders one helpless.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    I. What is Traumatic Stress?

    Traumatic stress, as defined in this module, is the pressure, force or strain on the human mind and body from a specific event of major dimension that shocks, stuns and horrifies.

  • Print Publication

    Tragedies & Journalists

    VII. Journalist as First Responder

    HazMat officer Mike Hagen affirmed a 21st century reality: Police, firefighters - and now journalists - are considered among the first responders to a terrorist act.

  • Journal Library

    Children's Issues

    A list of academic publications that deal with child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    IV. What to Do When You Get There

    If the family doesn't know you, identify yourself and ask if you can come in.

  • Distance Learning

    Self-Study Unit 4: The First 24 Hours

    I. The Scene

    In Littleton, Colorado, scene of the worst school shooting in U.S. history, a number of news organizations began suspecting that something was amiss when they noticed heavy communications traffic over police scanners. There were rumors of a shooting, but at first nobody knew the extent of the casualties.

  • In Depth

    Self-Study Unit 4: The First 24 Hours

    IV. Coping Strategies for Victims

    The first 24 hours after a traumatic event can be a time of extremely high psychological stress for everyone involved — victims, their families, rescue personnel, medical staff and others. Often left out of this picture of sufferers, however, are the journalists who give witness to tragic situations so that others who are not on the scene have a sense of what happened and what impact it has had (and will continue to have) on the community.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    Sources and Resources

    Sources and resources for Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism