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.

  • 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.

  • Booklet

    Reporting War

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

  • 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

    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.

  • Tip Sheet

    Tragedies & Journalists

    IV. The Journalist

    Know your limits. If you've been given a troublesome assignment that you feel you cannot perform, politely express your concerns to your supervisor. Tell the supervisor that you may not be the best person for the assignment. Explain why.

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    Interviewing

     

    When reporters seek a trauma survivor's comments soon after the event, they have a high likelihood of encountering one or more of the emotional states mentioned above.