One month after Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was assassinated outside his workplace, we asked seven journalists to reflect on his murder and the impact of violence and impunity on their work. Below, Donna DeCesare introduces pieces by Melissa del Bosque, Javier Garza, Michel Marizco, Maria Teresa Ronderos, Christopher Sherman and Marcela Turati. Scroll down for excerpts, and click to the right to read the full pieces.
Resources for Self-Care & Peer Support
A standard operating procedure (S.O.P.) is a device for building a systematic approach to a task. This guide goes through a series of structured steps for how to craft a personalised workflow for handling graphic content that depicts death, injury, and other violations.
In the seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines, his war on drugs has left more than 7,000 dead. Nonoy Espina, Senior Editor at InterAksyon in the Philippines writes that the task of documenting this horrific killing spree has taken a heavy toll on his colleagues.
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.
Link to the American Psychological Association's Help Center, which provides resources and advice for dealing with a variety of psychological issues including stressful workplaces, the aftermath of disasters and other traumatic experiences, sleep issues, and other sources of mental health problems.
From the Troll Busters website:
"TrollBusters provides just-in-time rescue services to support women journalists, bloggers and publishers who are targets of cyberharassment. We use our virtual S.O.S. team to send positive memes, endorsements and testimonials into online feeds at the point of attack. We dilute the stings of cyberbullies, trolls and other online pests to support you, your voice, your website, your business and your reputation."
A section from the CPJ Journalist Security Guide focused on managing stress reactions for journalists
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.