• 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 14 2011

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

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

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 3: Photography & Trauma

    I. The History of Photojournalism

    When specific photographs become symbolic of a particular event, triggering the public's memory (and related feelings and emotions) about that period in time, we can refer to them as enduring historical icons.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    I. What is Terrorism?

    Sept. 11, 2001, was a particularly diabolical instance of terrorism. But there are many forms of terror. Some are so much a part of our ordinary lives that we hardly recognize them as such.

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    V. Journalists are Human Too

    The nightmares began for one reporter after reading dozens of gruesome fatality reports about babies who had been suffocated, starved or beaten to death.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    III. Why Traumatic Stress?

    Many journalists who cover "hard news" will come into contact with people who have experienced a traumatic event. At the scene of a fatal car collision, for example, or a neighborhood shooting, or an apartment fire, there are likely to be people present who are suffering from traumatic stress. These same people may also be important sources of news for their community — people who, despite their pain, can help tell the story of a tragedy as it is unfolding.

  • Tip Sheet

    Tragedies & Journalists

    II. Writing About Victims

    Focus on the person's life. Find out what made the person special: personality, beliefs, environment (surroundings, hobbies, family and friends), and likes and dislikes. Treat the person's life as carefully as a photographer does in framing a portrait.

  • Journal Library

    Sociology/Public Policy

    A list of academic publications about sociology, social psychology, and psychiatric epidemiology.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    VIII. Further Suggestions and The Longer Term

    If a crime has been involved, be aware that Police processes can be particularly traumatic.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    Early live reports of terrorist attacks are sometimes confusing and misleading. Yet there are also extraordinary examples of media excellence, with journalists risking their lives to inform the nation about an unfolding crisis.