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

  • In Depth

    Sally Sara on PTSD, Returning from Afghanistan

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

  • In Depth

    Taking Time, Building Trust: Dispatch from Down Under

    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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Tragedies & Journalists

    A 40-page guide to help journalists, photojournalists and editors report on violence while protecting both victims and themselves.

  • News Media and Trauma

    This documentary, available online and on DVD, features a wide range of Australian journalists their recounting experiences covering traumatic stories.

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.