Advice from front-line journalists, lawyers, and behind-the-scenes personal safety experts on how to cover unrest while maintaining your Constitutional rights and your personal safety.
Covering Unrest: When Journalists of Color Become the Target. This important session was led by Martin G. Reynolds, who is the co-executive director of external affairs and funding at the Maynard Institute.
The Committee to Protect Journalists: Civil scenarios from crime scenes to riots can generate unpredictable and dangerous conditions. Journalists need to be mindful of self-protection measures to avoid putting themselves at physical or legal risk.
Building resiliency: What science can teach us, featuring Dr. Steve Southwick of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Advanced search techniques, including image search, focused on protest coverage
Advanced backgrounding, with focus on protest coverage
These are stressful times. Being out in the world as a journalist carries an element of risk. But a world without engaged journalists watching over it is risky, too. Our aim is to identify as many risks as we can and take steps to reduce them, prepare for them, and neutralize them if they do arise.
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 the stress and trauma of journalism, using our EAP benefit
The EAP provides qualified counseling experts for you and your family members. It is free and confidential. This 60-minute session from EAP facilitator Gwen Kinsey will reintroduce this benefit and answer questions about how to use it. Gwen will also focus on the effects of stress, trauma and burnout for journalists.
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.