The safety and welfare of our employees is our highest priority, especially during these recent months of COVID-19 and protests across the nation. We have had numerous discussions, training sessions, and initiatives on safely reporting in the midst of the pandemic and unrest. During the summer, we held specific training sessions about how to safely report during protests and what to do if you are detained. We encourage all of our frontline newsroom employees to review the training session in advance of the upcoming election. And we constantly reassess and update safety measures on behalf of all of our properties.
This conversation is specific to editors/managers. What we covered:
- Ensuring the buddy system;
- Designating editors to monitor the whereabouts of employees during coverage and equipment best practices;
- Simple and effective systems to monitor/check in;
- How editors can assess threat conditions, especially in fluid/dynamic situations
Other useful resources:
How to Safely Cover Street Protests – tip sheet by Judith Matloff
Covering Street Protests – a compilation of reporter-to-reporter guidance
Leading Resilience – a guide for editors and news managers
Reporters Exposed to Traumatic Events – tips for editors and managers
Handling Traumatic Imagery – a tipsheet for managing graphic content
Dealing with Hate Campaigns – a toolkit for journalists and newsrooms targeted
More training on Self-care:
Coping with stress, trauma and burnout
We focus on the effects of stress, trauma and burnout on individuals and teams, and offer guidance and recommendations for how to cope most effectively. This provides a grounding in trauma science and basic awareness of the impact of trauma exposure and related stresses along with evidence-based strategies and practices in wellness and collegial support.
November 2022 video champions
How they did it: Cincinnati Enquirer’s “Taken” documentary; OTT metrics and highlights; Florida’s coverage of Hurricane Ian.
Converting criminal justice coverage to social justice coverage
A conversation around how social justice storytelling can help humanize even the most tragic of stories and how we can ensure our reporting serves both our communities and our readership goals.
Covering retail and inflation
Learn how to use tools like Google Shopping, Keepa and CamelCamelCamel to track prices. Also: How to use the Consumer Price Index, use inflation calculators and other tools for tracking prices and fraudulent online sellers/reviewers.