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How Can Indigenous Reporters Care for Themselves While Covering Trauma — and How Can Their Newsrooms Help?
In the last months, the remains of over a thousand people, including at least hundreds of Indigenous children, have been discovered on the properties of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. These discoveries have brought to the fore — for now — a subject that has long remained at the margins of mainstream media coverage in the United States: the genocide of millions of Indigenous people by colonizers.
This style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.
To aid journalists challenged by covering violence, crisis and tragedy, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is launching an innovative training program preparing psychologists to work effectively with news professionals.
The Dart Center is hosting a four-day journalism training workshop focused on children and the international refugee crisis.
Amy McQuire reflects on a Dart Centre Asia Pacific retreat focussed on Indigenous trauma reporting, and explains why she believes Aboriginal journalists need to embrace an advocate's role.