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.
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Based on 86 in-depth interviews with journalists, editors and media owners, this Human Rights Watch report documents the hostile environment in which journalists work in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia
The Shorenstein Center's Journalist Resource has pulled together a sampling of research and reports to offer reporters crucial insights and reveal new angles worth investigating:
A short ethics guide for journalists involved in covering crime.
Uncovered is a resource developed by journalists, for journalists, to improve their understanding of the complexities of violence against women and their role in changing attitudes around the issue. The website will constructively critique mainstream media reporting on violence against women – giving journalists a better understanding of what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s missing in coverage.
List of mobile apps available from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs for managing and understanding PTSD.