Resources

  • 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

    Mental/Physical Health

    A list of academic publications that deal with a wide range of mental and physical health issues.

  • Custom title

    Breaking Bad News

    II. How to Prepare Yourself

    Try beforehand to find out, as far as possible:

    • The location of the body, or the injured colleague, and whether next-of-kin are going to be able to visit (many bereaved wish to do so);
    • Exactly what happened (as far as is known at this point), the circumstances, where they were, what they were doing, the details of their death or injury, the condition of the body.
    • Experience suggests that bereaved family members often want to know this information in considerable — and accurate and honest — detail. Be prepared to help them find out everything they need to know.
  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 3: Photography & Trauma

    Photojournalists are part of the team of first responders whenever a tragedy occurs. They are there to document the news event in pictures and their work can have a strong and lasting impact on the public consciousness and themselves.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 4: The First 24 Hours

    II. The People

    The people involved in a major traumatic event are connected in a web of social and governmental relations. At the scene of the event, there will be victims, friends and family of victims who have come to the scene, and curious by-standers - some of them valuable witnesses, others eager for media exposure but with little substantive information to offer.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    VII. Preparation

    For the first time, many media companies have begun systematically to plan for emergency coverage of traumatic events.

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    The Reporter's Humanitarian Role

    Journalists and therapists face similar challenges when they realize their subjects are at risk of further injury. Techniques may differ, but objectives are the same: to inform about sources of help. A therapist is not a lawyer or a security consultant, but a battered woman and an abused child need to know that shelters, restraining orders and a network of advocates are available. Therapy includes such referrals.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    Conclusion

    By now, having completed this module, you should know what traumatic stress is; what PTSD, ASD and secondary traumatic stress effects are; what the effects of traumatic stress are; why it is important for journalists to know about these effects; how to interview people who have experienced a traumatic event; how journalists can deal with a stressful work life; and where to get more information for continued learning.

  • DVD

    Covering Columbine

    This documentary, available online and on DVD, examines the impact of the news coverage of the Columbine High School shootings.