A discussion of trauma and peer support

In this webinar, Bruce Shapiro of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma delves into trauma and peer support. He examines how traumatic events intersect with our lives as journalists, and how to cope with their effects.

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Trauma: Additional resources from the Dart Center

For more resources for self-care, self-assessment, limiting exposure to trauma, speaking to traumatized sources and more, the Dart Center has extensive resources available here.

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Trauma: Dealing with online harassment

Many of us have experienced trauma on the job, whether observed in the community or felt personally as a result of the public service we provide. The challenges we face are both complex and delicate. Navigating them means equipping us collectively to have an informed conversation and to have the tools necessary to be aware of how trauma can impact us.

The Dart Center, which works with news organizations around the globe to educate and raise awareness about trauma in journalism, provided our journalists with two workshops recently. The first shared some of the foundational learnings around how we absorb and process trauma, as well as practical tips for self-care and how to deal with online harassment.

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Resources for coping with trauma

If you believe you might be feeling the effects of trauma, Gannett’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers resources. More information can be found here. The link can also be accessed by going to MyLife@Work and clicking on the landing page for Beacon Health Options.

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Building resiliency: What science can teach us

Dr. Steve Southwick of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder discusses how to build resiliency during times of crisis.

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Identifying and supporting trauma among fellow journalists

Piloted initially at the Greenville News, this is a newsroom-wide briefing and discussion on trauma and journalism, introducing best practices in coverage and the basics of self-care and collegial support (i.e. the impact of covering violence and tragedy; exposure to and the impact of toxic imagery and harassment/threat, techniques for self-care; peer support for news teams.)

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Managing stress for yourself and your team

This conversation will enhance frontline editors’ abilities to oversee daily reporting on violence, trauma, and tragedy. It will provide basic training on managing trauma exposure on staff as well as an opportunity to talk through particular concerns with individual staff and organization-wide issues. We also will discuss who we feature in what ways (pictures, quotes, roles in the stories) to deliver coverage that accurately and honestly reflects the experiences of everyone in our communities.

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