Reporters need to talk about trauma

Helping journalists deal with post-traumatic stress was the goal behind the Canadian Association of Journalists’ (CAJ) lecture on Oct. 4, which was entitled “Aftershock: Taking the Trauma Out of Covering Tragedy”.
Sponsored by the journalism department, the event took place at the Russell Breen Senate Chamber and was planned long before the Sept. 11th tragedy. The lecture did not respond to Sept. 11.
The panel included Meg Moritz, the associate dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado, who also produced the documentary “Covering Columbine” which showed how journalists felt about reporting on the high school tragedy.
Another panelist was Robert Frank, who is the Montreal stringer for the New York Times and the executive director of Newscoverage Unlimited.

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