A cyclone ravaged the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early on Saturday, killing at least 24 people and displacing upwards of 3,000, according to the United Nations. In the aftermath, we share resources for reporters on covering disaster, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with reporters exposed to traumatic events.
Resources for Self-Care & Peer Support
Last week, the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News and Digital First Media formally began building a peer-support program for journalists who cover trauma and conflict. At a kickoff seminar event, fifteen journalists from 11 Pennsylvania news organizations spent a day at the Daily Record learning about trauma, resilience and peer-support.
In a recent interview with ABC Back Story, Peter Drought discussed the emotional impact of covering the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, and shared advice on working safely and coping with trauma.
Psychologist Anthony Feinstein examines a confluence of factors that can undermine the emotional well-being of journalists, including the emergence of new threats in Syria, the relentless nature of the conflict and those predominantly tasked with covering it. This piece was originally published in The Globe and Mail.
Comprehensive security guide with practical advice on risk assessment, basic preparedness, digital security, and advice on protecting yourself and staying safe.
A feature story in The Citizen spotlights the increased risks for journalists in the Middle East, and the challenges faced by news organizations as they rethink measures for the physical and mental well-being of journalists.
Among the many risks journalists face, they are often targets of harassment and aggression. While harassment is a concern for all journalists, female journalists in particular are more likely to be targets [Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 2011]. Despite increasing awareness of the issue, little is known about journalist-specific risk factors and consequences. Most recently updated in December 2017, this fact sheet summarizes key information about harassment of journalists. (Note: The topic of online harassment is not included in this review).
Steve Coll leads a panel featuring David Rohde, Rukmini Callimachi, Phil Balboni, Nicole Tung and Joel Simon on the current risks, rewards, and inner workings of conflict reporting in the aftermath of the tragic murders of reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Photographs and video of horrifying, violent acts may provide essential documentation of human tragedy. But however compelling its news value, traumatic imagery needs to be handled with care, as it can place the wellbeing of those who work with it at risk. Click for Arabic, French and Spanish translations.