GIJC: Teaching Journalism and Trauma

October 9, 2015

Crime, accidents, and crises are often covered by young journalists without training or working experience. This makes them vulnerable TO stress reactions and other health problems. For first responders, handling human tragedies and coping with stress reactions are part of one's basic training. The same should be the case for students attending schools of journalism. Some universities have experience giving these kinds of lessons. How they do it will be presented at this seminar.


Trond Idås is working part time for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, giving lessons in journalism and trauma. He is also giving lessons in this subject at the schools of journalism at the Norwegian universities. He is working on a doctoral thesis in development psychology. The subject is ethical dilemmas, posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth among journalists. He has written the learning book ‘Demanding missions – how to cope with stress’. He is the national contact of the Dart Center in Norway, member of the UNESCO commission and the Council of Europe’s expert group on safety of journalist. He is a former journalist in Aftenposten, Oslo.

Leder av SKUPs råd. Journalist i Aftenposten 1985-1997. Mastergrad i journalistikk. Foreleser og forsker på journalisters mestring av krevende oppdrag og hva vi kan gjøre for å forebygge stressreaksjoner. Forfatter av Krevende oppdrag - hvordan mestre stress (Cappelen Damm, 2013), bidragsyter i Når nyheter skaper engstelser (Cappelen Damm, 2014). Medlem av den norske UNESCO-kommisjonen, Europarådets ekspertgruppe for journalistsikkerhet, norsk kontakt for Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (Columbia Journalism School, NY).

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