Resources

  • Booklet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    Michelle McLoughlin / Reuters: 
A young girl is given a blanket after being  ...

    When children are victims of violence, journalists have a responsibility to report the truth with compassion and sensitivity.

  • Booklet

    Reporting War

    Recommendations for meeting the emotional challenges of covering war, from a group of seasoned veterans. Click here for a Ukrainian translation.

  • Tip Sheet

    Self Care Tips for News Media

    These tips are offered as suggestions only, to assist healthier newsrooms and better journalism. They are based on research findings on well-being and resilience and practical experience of news professionals in the field.

  • 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. Originally published; January, 2009. Updated; July, 2015.

  • Tip Sheet

    Jun 17 2011

    Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

    Suggestions for responsibly covering suicide while balancing concerns of privacy, stigma and avoiding copycat incidents.

  • Tip Sheet

    Jul 15 2011

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

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

  • Announcement

    Mar 25 2014

    Ethical Reporting on Traumatised People

    
“It makes you feel like you’re a prisoner in your own house, (the media) waiting for hours a ...

    In conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dart Centre Asia Pacific presents a new teaching video dealing with the treatment of news sources, "Getting it Right: Ethical Reporting on People Affected by Trauma." The project was developed to supplement teaching materials for journalism educators. 

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    Sources and Resources

    Sources and resources for the trauma and journalism self-study unit.

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    II. Confidentiality

    The biggest hurdle when covering tragedies involving children is getting access to information. Stricter confidentiality laws govern everything from their school and hospital records to court and child-welfare files.

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Journalists are candidates for Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, an empathic response that affects us, therapists included, when our professional detachment is overwhelmed by certain life events.