Tips & Tools

PTSD

First defined by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder — PTSD — is now a widely-recognized diagnosis backed up by decades of science.  What do reporters need to know about PTSD, how it affects those we cover, and the impact of covering trauma on journalists?

Dart Resources

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    Collateral Damage

    This illuminating three-part series explores the collateral consequences of violence on children, caregivers, educators and others not directly in its line of fire. Judges called the series “eye-opening” and “compelling,” and praised the “compassion” and “clarity” with which the story was approached and executed. Originally published in the Baltimore Sun in December, 2014.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Moral Injury

    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.

  • In Depth

    Syria: Most Dangerous Place for Journalists

    Psychologist Anthony Feinstein examines a confluence of factors that can undermine the emotional well-being of journalists, including the emergence of new threats in Syria, the relentless nature of the conflict and those predominantly tasked with covering it. This piece was originally published in The Globe and Mail.

  • In Depth

    ABC Journalist Reflects on PTSD

    ABC correspondent and Ochberg Fellow Sally Sara wrote for the first time about experiencing post traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan. Scroll down to listen to her piece, and read the full text below.

  • In Depth

    Building Trust In A Melbourne Mental Ward

    ABC Australia's News 24 Presenter/Reporter Kumi Taguchi took a break from the quick turnaround of TV news to spend two weeks at a Melbourne repatriation hospital to work on a feature story about PTSD experienced by returned soldiers, The Battle After The War. In this piece, Taguchi writes about becoming comfortable, gaining trust, and her decision to write exclusively for online.

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Outside Resources

  • Impact of Mass Shootings on Individual Adjustment

    PTSD Research Quarterly

    A study on the impact of mass shootings on individual adjustment from the National Center of PTSD Research Quarterly.

  • Information for the Media

    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

    An excellent compilation of general information, fact sheets, and specialized trauma resources for journalists and media professionals.

  • Terrorism and Disasters

    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

    A variety of educational materials for clinicians and individuals to use in response to terror attacks around the world.

  • PTSD in Journalists

    National Center for PTSD

    A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet that discusses traumatic events encountered by journalists and key studies pertaining to journalists and PTSD.

  • Child Sexual Abuse

    National Center for PTSD

    A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet. It details the effects of sexual abuse on children, and adults exposed to sexual abuse as children.

  • The Effects of Community Violence on Children and Adolescents

    National Center for PTSD

    A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet. A summary of the specific effects of community violence on children and adolescents.

  • Terrorist Attacks and Children

    National Center for PTSD

    A summary of research involving children's responses to terrorism and strategies for helping them recover.

  • Childhood Traumatic Grief: Educational Materials [PDF]

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    The NCTSN has published recommendations for journalists who cover childhood trauma.

Sources

  • Reuters

    Global information and news service

  • Science Daily

    The latest research news. Lots of useful information.

  • Miller-McCune

    Resource for Research, Media and Public Policy.

  • Reuters

    Global information and news service

  • Science Daily

    The latest research news. Lots of useful information.

  • Miller-McCune

    Resource for Research, Media and Public Policy.