• 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.

  • Journal Library


    A list of academic publications that address trauma, violence, and criminal justice.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    V. Things to Say and Not to Say

    Be open and honest; don't try to shield the family from the circumstances of the death. They may well find out the details through other channels.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    III. Effects

    Most journalists today are a far cry from the mythologized war correspondent coping with internalized images of violence, suffering and despair through stiff drinks and bawdy jokes. Like every human being, newswomen and men suffer emotional consequences from their work.

  • Tip Sheet

    Tragedies & Journalists

    III. Your Community

    Understand that your coverage of a traumatic event will have an impact on your readership, viewers or listeners. Remember that the tone of your coverage may reflect the tone of the community's reaction to it. Thus, you should establish policies that affect your coverage: For example, consider coverage of public memorial services for the victims, instead of private funerals. And, if you do cover private services, call the funeral home to ensure that you will not intrude.

  • Journal Library

    General Communication

    A list of journals that publish research related to trauma and journalism.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 4: The First 24 Hours

    V. Coping Strategies for Families

    Journalists should also be aware of acute stress disorder during this time period and beyond.

  • 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.

  • 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.