Trauma Awareness: What Every Journalist Needs to Know

Course Overview

Trauma Awareness: What Every Journalist Needs to Know
Originally Broadcast On:
January 01, 1970
Time Estimate:
One hour

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

Images of human suffering, gore, death and destruction caused by violence or natural disaster can't simply be wiped from anyone's psyche. Journalists in the field and in the newsroom are no exception. Traumatic events affect journalists' well-being and their ability to do their job.

Understanding the effects of trauma makes for healthier journalism and healthier journalists. In this Webinar, originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2009, and offered in partnership with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, you'll learn how to recognize and manage stress and trauma. We'll also show you how news organizations can develop an action plan to help staffers who are experiencing trauma.

What Will I Learn:
  • Strategies to keep your resilience
  • That distress in the face of tragedy is a normal human response -- not a weakness
  • Tips to take care of yourself
  • Why peer support is important
  • When to get help
Who Should Take this Course:

This Webinar is not just for those who cover traumatic events but also for those who edit the stories, images and video, design pages and produce the online report.

Course Instructor:

Heather Forbes

Heather Forbes is the national manager staff development for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) news division.

Training Partner:

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please make sure you've got your headphones and speakers adjusted.

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