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

    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.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Grace Through Grief: A Shattered Family Recovers

    This intimate seven-part print and multimedia series tells the story of Arturo Martinez, who suffered life-threatening injuries after an intruder broke into his house and sexually assaulted and murdered his wife and daughter while the rest of the family slept. Judges called "Grace Through Grief" a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” Originally published in the Las Vegas Sun in April, 2013.

  • In Depth

    An Ongoing Quest to Cover Victims with Sensitivity

    In advance of the Ochberg Fellowship, York Daily Record Sunday Editor Scott Blanchard writes about self-care, covering victims and his expectations for next week's fellowship at Columbia Journalism School. This column was originally published in the York Daily Record.

  • Tip Sheet

    Tips for Covering New Immigrant Populations with Trauma or Mental Health Issues

    Following our workshop, “Covering Immigrants & Refugees,” speaker Denise Ziya-Berte, director of Mental Health at the Latin American Community Center, shared tips for working with immigrants dealing with trauma or mental health issues.

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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.