Online editor Camille Baker spoke with Britt Wray, PhD about climate change, the mental health crisis it is predicted to induce and how climate reporters can cope with the difficulties of the beat. Wray is an author, broadcaster and researcher. She is also a Human and Planetary Health Fellow at Stanford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she investigates the mental health impacts of the climate crisis and their disproportionate burden on young people.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma provides customized training and consultation services around the U.S. and worldwide to newsrooms and organizations engaged in related work. Led by senior Dart Center-affiliated journalists and mental-health professionals, virtual and in-person training offerings range from overall trauma awareness, self-care and resilience programs to workshops on specific skills such as trauma-informed interviewing and managing online harassment.
The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma in Europe (DCE) has been engaged over the past two years in a project to produce best practice guidelines for journalists covering conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). It is now seeking to fill a seven-month contract to deepen the outreach of this new resource so that journalists and filmmakers around the world have the opportunity to build the principles in these guidelines into their working practice.
Trauma expert Dr. Cait McMahon, OAM, will retire from her role as Dart Centre Asia Pacific Managing Director later this year, following a 30-year career helping media workers better understand the impact of trauma on themselves and on those they report on.
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.