Tips & Tools

Self-Care

While emergency workers have, particularly in the last decade, recognized the need for self-care and organizational duty of care, journalists may not yet have been recognized as potential candidates for employee safeguards and increased support. Journalists need to remember that there may be a number of potential stress reactions they may have when they report on particularly stressful topics, and know the strategies and resources they can use to stay resilient.

Dart Resources

  • Covering Trauma: Impact on Journalists

    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; January, 2009. Updated; July, 2015.

  • Self Care Tips for News Media

    These tips are offered as suggestions only, to assist healthier newsrooms and better journalism. They are based on research findings on well-being and resilience and practical experience of news professionals in the field.

  • Reporting War

    Recommendations for meeting the emotional challenges of covering war, from a group of seasoned veterans. Click here for a Ukrainian translation.

  • In Depth

    Award Winners Offer Advice on Covering Trauma

    At this year's Dart Awards winners' roundtable, Melissa del Bosque, Andrea McDaniels, Mae Ryan, Glenn Smith and David Wood shared tips on covering violence, building trust and self-care.

  • In Depth

    Covering Natural Disaster in Nepal

    Over the last three weeks, a pair of powerful earthquakes shook Nepal, resulting in the deaths of more than 8,000 people. The Dart Center spoke with journalists Russell Lewis and Amantha Perera, and clinician Patrice Keats, about the challenges of covering this tragedy, including verifying information in a time of emergency, speaking with families of missing people, and working through the personal challenges of covering trauma.

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Outside Resources

  • Dealing With Disaster

    Editor and Publisher

    Joe Strupp and Doug Cosper discuss the problems faced by journalists in extreme situations, with emphasis on the challenges faced at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

  • Reporting War

    Recommendations for meeting the emotional challenges of covering war, from a group of seasoned veterans. Click here for a Ukrainian translation.

  • News Media and Trauma

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