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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.

The Dart Center Style Guide for Trauma-Informed Journalism

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.

Children: coverage, images and interviews

How should we handle reporting about children who are accused of committing crimes? What about children who are the victims of crimes, or witnesses to crimes? This resource from ONA Ethics offers some useful guidance.

Guidelines for journalists reporting on children

Media reporting on children and young people should never put them at risk. UNICEF has developed principles and guidelines to help journalists report on children’s issues in a way that enables them to serve the public interest without compromising the rights of children.

Journalist Traumatic Exposure Scale

Designed for researchers, this document aims to explain how to evaluate and use the Journalist Traumatic Exposure Scale in research studies. The language is simplified such to be useful to most beginning researchers who are familiar with basics in psychometric concepts, ANOVAs and regression analysis in research design.

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