Storyhunter spoke with Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center's Executive Director, and Chrissy Heckert, the Deputy Director at RISC, to learn how journalists can take care of themselves before and after being exposed to trauma from reporting.
Resources for Self-Care & Peer Support
In coming to terms with this election, journalists must examine the failure of our reporting to seriously account for the single feature of the Trump operation distinguishing it most profoundly from any modern U.S. presidential campaign: The tactical embrace of violence.
Dart's Executive Director Bruce Shapiro joined Storyful's Della Kilroy and Joe Galvin, and journalists Jenny Hauser and Razan Ibraheem, to discuss the impact of graphic content on both journalists and viewers, as well as methods to confront vicarious trauma in the age of graphic online content consumption.
The third installment of On Assignment's “Women We Love” series features Kelly McEvers, a veteran conflict reporter and co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, and Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center's executive director.
Dr. Elana Newman and her staff have developed an anonymous online survey designed to better understand journalists’ experience with hostile environment, first aid, and safety training.
From Safe Work Australia, this fact sheet provides information to persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and workers on how to address psychological health risks under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons at work.
From Safe Work Australia, this sample Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons who have duties to manage risks to health and safety under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction.
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.