Journalists at Storyful witness some of the most graphic and disturbing content emerging from social media on a minute-by-minute basis. Though these journalists are not directly involved in the events they report, the repeated exposure to distressing images, and the need to analyze them closely for verification purposes, can have an emotional effect. This can manifest itself in a form of vicarious trauma. In this video and blog post, Storyful shares the important steps taken by the company to ensure the well-being of its newsroom and offers advice on what to do if you feel you’ve been adversely affected by graphic content.
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At the tenth International Journalism Festival in Perugia, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the effects of vicarious trauma among news professionals, and possible solutions to graphic image overload.
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