Suggested practices from the Poynter Institute on finding sources and interview subjects for stories about victims and witnesses to trauma.
Resources for PTSD & Mental Health
The Carter Center Mental Health Program today launched a media guide aimed at improving reporting on behavioral health, and decreasing discrimination and stereotypes within news coverage.
Link to the VA's PTSD Online Coach, a tool for self-managing and understanding PTSD.
Information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD for journalists on PTSD and the potential for journalists to experience PTSD in the wake of traumatic experiences while reporting.
A tip sheet from Executive Director Bruce Shapiro, originally released at the 2005 Investigative Reporters & Editors Annual Conference.
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 by River Smith and Elana Newman in January, 2009; Updated by Susan Drevo in May, 2016, and by Autumn Slaughter in March, 2019.
This provocative three-part series examines the concept of moral injury, a phenomenon where combat or operational experiences transgress deeply held moral and ethical beliefs that undergird a service member’s humanity; often seen as damage to the soul. Judges praised the series for “gracefully and confidently marrying the humanity and understanding of its survivors with a gritty, powerful investigation that breaks new ground.” Originally published in the Huffington Post in March 2014.
Ochberg Fellow Dave Philipps and Dart Award Honorable Mention recipient Thomas James Brennan co-wrote a front page article for the New York Times about U.S. veterans, disenchanted with civilian life, who are returning to Iraq to volunteer to fight the Islamic State.