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 by River Smith and Elana Newman in January, 2009; Updated by Susan Drevo in May, 2016, and by Autumn Slaughter in March, 2019.
Resources for Self-Care & Peer Support, Tip Sheets
Photographs and video of horrifying, violent acts may provide essential documentation of human tragedy. But however compelling its news value, traumatic imagery needs to be handled with care, as it can place the wellbeing of those who work with it at risk. Click for Arabic, French and Spanish translations.
A Dart Center Tip Sheet for College Media Advisors, Editors and Student Journalists.
At this year's APME NewsTrain, Robyn Tomlin of Project Thunderdome presented on creating a plan for digital coverage of major breaking news stories, as well as the best newsroom tools for executing top-notch coverage in real time.
Suggested ways news personnel can minimise further harm when working with victims and survivors.
Staff care tips for managers and editors of news personnel exposed to traumatic events.
Consejos de cuidado personal para trabajadores de medios de comunicación expuestos a eventos traumáticos
A Spanish-language version of a tip sheet on journalist self-care from Dart Centre Asia Pacific.
Coverage of any disaster, whether it is man-made or natural, can be a difficult venture for a newsroom. While it has been particularly devastating, Hurricane Katrina is similar to other disasters in that it caused death and destruction—and grief for many people.