• 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.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 3: Photography & Trauma

    III. Effects of Trauma Exposure

    Although photojournalists photograph a wide range of subject matter, sooner or later they will have to photograph something that they and their readers find deeply disturbing.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    IV. Interviewing

    Journalists take no Hippocratic Oath. There is little question that tackling a difficult story is a hazardous process for both journalist and source. In times of international strife, stories chronicling suffering and loss, and exposing injustices, are the stock and trade of the profession. The issue is how to minimize the risk.

  • DVD

    Covering Columbine

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

  • Tip Sheet

    Tragedies & Journalists

    VI. Management

    Remember: Everyone in your newsroom may be affected differently. Some may be affected immediately while others will take days, weeks, months or even years to see the effect. The journalists who either claim or seem to be the most unfazed by the event may, in fact, be affected the most. Others may have developed mechanisms to help them deal with tragedy, and they may have minimal effects.

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    Other Responses

    There are psychiatric disorders other than PTSD and ASD that follow traumatic events. Most commonly, the diagnosis is an Adjustment Disorder.

  • 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.

  • Journal Library

    Children's Issues

    A list of academic publications that deal with child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.