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.
Resources for Self-Care & Peer Support, Outside Resources
List of mobile apps available from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs for managing and understanding PTSD.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has released an online compilation of research on and potential solutions to online abuse involving female journalists. The publication features essays from reporters, scholars and free speech advocates. The Dart Center contributed a chapter on evidence-based approaches to prevention and intervention, including methods for exploring motives, understanding terminology and reducing stigma.
Link to the VA's PTSD Online Coach, a tool for self-managing and understanding PTSD.
Information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD for journalists on PTSD and the potential for journalists to experience PTSD in the wake of traumatic experiences while reporting.
A section of CPJ's Journalist Safety Guide that addresses disaster specific safety considerations, especially for freelancers.
A PDF of the Reports Without Borders Safety Guide, which includes a chapter on Disaster safety beginning on page 52.