What training and resources would help journalists covering traumatic events?
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There is no question that covering traumatic events can cause PTSD in journalists. The research is proven. According to Killeen (2011), reporters’ suffering has been labeled Assignment Stress Injury (ASI). Backholm and Björkqvist (2012) back this up saying “86–100% of news journalists had assignments including potentially traumatic exposure at some point.” In the past, journalists were not viewed as first responders. This project examines journalists who have covered traumatic events. It also takes a close look at how to spot the warning signs of trauma and what journalists and managers can do about it. It is important to change the culture in newsrooms to not view emotional distress after covering traumatic events as a sign of weakness. If journalists have the proper training and if managers know what to look out for and how to handle it, the mental health of future journalists will be protected. This entails more training for journalists, as well as more resources provided to newsrooms after covering traumatic events. Staying on top of the mental health of journalists is vital for the future of the industry.
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