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Produced by Sarah French

Edited by Ken Shermer


  • 90% said not enough emphasis is put on mental health for journalists.

  • 82% said they have received no prior training to cover traumatic events.

  • 90% said they received no prior training in college to cover traumatic events.

  • 83% said they never received any training from their TV station to cover traumatic events.

  • 58% said station management never checked in on them after covering a traumatic event.

  • 62% said nothing beneficial was done by the station to help with mental health after covering a traumatic event.

  • 66% said they never sought counseling after covering a traumatic event.

  • 58% said they feel like something bad is always going to happen.


NOTE: A traumatic event doesn't always involve a major event like a mass shooting, bombing or natural disaster. Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event, according to the American Psychological Association. As you will read in the following posts, research has shown that the most difficult event for many journalists to cover is the death of a child.


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