Dealing with Stress and Trauma in the Newsroom

The job of journalism has always been a high-pressure job, but new studies show journalist suffer depression at many times the national rate and show trauma stress symptoms at more than twice the national rate.

And it is not just reporters and photographers who are feeling it, producers, especially younger producers and newsroom managers report traumatic stress symptoms too.

Journalists are not just under increased pressure because of the overheated political climate, viewers and listeners attack journalists online and on social media, at times in very personal attacks. You will see new data showing photojournalists suffer traumatic stress at even higher levels than others in the newsroom and there is every reason to believe that MMJ/VJs are also vulnerable.

The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins and his wife, licensed psychotherapist Sidney Tompkins join us to help you recognize the symptoms of traumatic stress and build a strategy to manage it. They have a combined eight decades of newsroom and clinical experience and have worked with hundreds of journalists worldwide including journalists working in war and conflict zones around the world.