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
Freelance journalists and documentary filmmakers working to expose human rights abuses are eligible to apply for a $3,000 CDN bursary to underwrite the cost of hostile environment training.
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.
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.
The International Journalists' Network compiled resources on recognizing signs of traumatic stress, coping after witnessing violence, and taking care of colleagues in the field.
On August 26, 2015, Alison Parker, a television reporter for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, and Adam Ward, Parker’s videographer, were shot and killed on camera by a former colleague. Now Chris Hurst, the evening news anchor for WDBJ and Parker’s boyfriend at the time of her death, asks how American newsrooms could cover gun violence differently.
Katherine Boo - winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius” grant - joined us for a discussion of her powerful and complex work of immersion reporting.