Staying Sane: Managing Threat and Trauma

Part of the Best Practices for Covering Protests webinar series

Event Details

Thursday June 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

Presented by PEN America, in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists, International Women's Media Foundation, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Dart Center

This webinar—co-hosted with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma—will be led by mental health and trauma expert Elana Newman. Journalism is a trauma-facing profession, and journalists often find themselves on the front lines of disaster, pandemic, street protest, and social upheaval. This webinar will offer a briefing on trauma and journalism, introducing the concept of emotional injury, discussing warning signs, sharing scientific findings on how to build resilience, and best practices for self care and psychological safety.

About the Best Practices for Covering Protests series

Amid the sustained protests against police brutality in recent weeks, the US Press Freedom Tracker has already recorded over 380 press freedom violations, including over 50 arrests and over 200 physical attacks against reporters — the majority perpetrated by the police. In response, we have developed a webinar series to empower journalists to take care of their safety and well being as they cover the protests, with an emphasis on their legal rights, physical safety, digital safety, and mental health.


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