Death, violence, war, terrorism, natural disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic - at some point within the past year many journalists within Asia Pacific will have reported on a story involving interviewees who had experienced a traumatic event. There is no infallible method for interviewing survivors and witnesses to trauma, Each case is unique and presents its own challenges. But this tip sheet brings together the collective experience of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific’s principal trainers to provide some general advice for interviewing in the aftermath of trauma, and recommendations for before, during, and after the interview.
Resources on Disaster
- The Psychological Cost of Disasters
- Disaster Action Guide: Reflections on Personal Experience of Disaster
- Disaster Action Guide: Personal Reflections and Guidelines for Interviewers
- Disaster Action: Leaflet for Survivors
- After the Storm: Louisiana Awaits Help As Media Moves On
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- March 8, 2022 by Kimina Lyall
- December 13, 2021
Dozens of devastating tornadoes roared through five U.S. states over the weekend, leaving more than 90 people dead as of press time, in what President Joe Biden said was "one of the largest" storm outbreaks in history. We've identified some resources to help you cover the trauma of these disasters
- October 12, 2021
On September 30th, the 2021 Dart Awards honorees joined us for three roundtable conversations to discuss their craft, and approach to writing and reporting complex stories.
- June 22, 2021 by Isobel Thompson
This style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.
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