Trauma in Journalism

Learn how to approach sources who have been impacted by traumatic events, and how to take care of yourself as a reporter covering those issues.


Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (virtual)

Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He is Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs at Columbia, where he teaches journalism ethics. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future. Shapiro is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Public Advocacy Award for “outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma.” He is a founding board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Jenifer McKim, GBH

Jenifer McKim is the deputy investigative editor at the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting. She is a multi-media reporter focusing on social justice issues, including child welfare and human trafficking. Among her numerous awards, she’s won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Gal Tziperman Lotan, GBH

Gal Tziperman Lotan is a digital producer for GBH’s Morning Edition. Before coming to GBH, she covered policing and other general assignment topics for the Boston Globe’s metro section. Prior to that she was a reporter for The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, covering the criminal legal system, policing, and the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.


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