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

  • Tip Sheet

    The Sewol Disaster: 10 Tips From Korean Reporters

    Korean reporters covering the Sewol ferry disaster faced challenges they were not prepared for. Here, they offer their advice and tips for colleagues on the lessons they learned, and the preparation they wish they had before facing coverage of such a tragedy. Click here to read Chong ae Lee's full report on Korea's national tragedy. 

  • In Depth

    My Maidan: One Journalist's Story

    When journalist Emine Ziyatdinova, a Crimean Tatar, returned to Ukraine earlier this year, she found herself covering a conflict that left one of her friends dead and forced her to conceal her identity. "I loved Ukraine," she said. "But I don't anymore." A Q&A with Alan Chin.

  • In Depth

    Oso's Mudslide: Five Journalists Speak

    On March 22, a massive mudslide washed over Oso, Washington, resulting in the deadliest landslide in United States history. As of this writing, at least 36 are confirmed dead and seven remain unaccounted for. The Dart Center spoke with five journalists about the challenges of covering the tragedy. With photos by Marcus Yam.

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness

    This illuminating feature explores the connection between domestic violence and chronic illness, drawing on recent scientific research and interviews with medical experts and survivors of violence. Judges called it “a tremendous story on a new concept” and praised Jetter for “clearly articulating the biological ramifications of trauma.” Originally published in More Magazine in November, 2013.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Harper High School: Parts I and II

    This stark two-part radio series follows students, school staff and families as they confront and cope with the deeply disruptive impact of gun violence on their everyday lives. The series offers revelatory insights into gang geography, youth culture, the corrosive impact of trauma and the overwhelming limitations to stemming the tide of violence. Judges called “Harper High School” “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate” in its complexity. Originally broadcasted on NPR in February 2013.

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Outside Resources

  • 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.