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, PTSD & Mental Health
List of mobile apps available from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs for managing and understanding PTSD.
At the tenth International Journalism Festival in Perugia, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the effects of vicarious trauma among news professionals, and possible solutions to graphic image overload.
An innovative free resource is now available to journalists worldwide who have experienced distress on the job. The Traumatic Stress Clinic at The University of New South Wales, has developed a new program for current and former journalists offering assessment, treatment and education concerning possible posttraumatic stress disorder and related psychological injury.
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 tip sheet from Executive Director Bruce Shapiro, originally released at the 2005 Investigative Reporters & Editors Annual Conference.
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.
Psychologist Anthony Feinstein examines a confluence of factors that can undermine the emotional well-being of journalists, including the emergence of new threats in Syria, the relentless nature of the conflict and those predominantly tasked with covering it. This piece was originally published in The Globe and Mail.