Journalists are nearly guaranteed to cover traumatic events. Because trauma exposure is almost guaranteed in our profession, it’s important for journalists to practice self care, before and after this exposure. This post provides self care strategies for journalists to follow.
A former coworker killed two journalists today, shocking our profession. You may not have known the victims, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel sad.
Reporting about victims is an inescapable part of journalism that requires special training. Read victims coverage advice from myself and Rachel Dissell, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who covered the Steubenville rape case and worked to report on why hundreds of rape kits sat untested in Ohio.
The most critical thing we can do at the collegiate level and beyond in creating more emotionally healthy newsrooms is maintain a judgement free open dialog about journalists’ emotional well-being. It’s the right thing to do.
Being an educator means we want to help young people, but sometimes we are unprepared for the types of non-pedagogical challenges presented. I invite you to join me on Twitter or a special #profchat at 7 p.m. CST tonight where we will discuss Helping Students Cope with Trauma.
We are exposed, directly and indirectly, to seemingly constant traumatic happenings—just consider the past few weeks. Here is some advice for how to cope with negative feelings you might be experiencing.
It doesn’t care about your beat assignment. It doesn’t discriminate between news delivery platforms. And it certainly doesn’t care about your dinner plans, how busy you are or your mood. Death is a guaranteed subject of news. People die in every beat, every day. Many of these deaths are newsworthy. The more traumatic the death, […]