• 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 1: Journalism & Trauma

    III. Why Traumatic Stress?

    Many journalists who cover "hard news" will come into contact with people who have experienced a traumatic event. At the scene of a fatal car collision, for example, or a neighborhood shooting, or an apartment fire, there are likely to be people present who are suffering from traumatic stress. These same people may also be important sources of news for their community — people who, despite their pain, can help tell the story of a tragedy as it is unfolding.

  • 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

    Sociology/Public Policy

    A list of academic publications about sociology, social psychology, and psychiatric epidemiology.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    VIII. Further Suggestions and The Longer Term

    If a crime has been involved, be aware that Police processes can be particularly traumatic.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    Early live reports of terrorist attacks are sometimes confusing and misleading. Yet there are also extraordinary examples of media excellence, with journalists risking their lives to inform the nation about an unfolding crisis.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 3: Photography & Trauma

    V. Tips for Photojournalists

    Photojournalists are professionals who adhere to ethical standards that set them apart from the hobbyist taking snap shots while on vacation. National, regional, and news organization-specific guidelines offer photojournalists help in meeting the demands of their job and balancing the challenges from both sides of the lens.

  • Tip Sheet

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    VI. Care of the Self

    Journalists like Arce who were immersed in the events of 9/11 relied upon a variety of coping strategies, of which individual therapy is just one.

  • 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.