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.


Elana Newman, Dart Center research director and clinical psychologist

Elana Newman, McFarlin Prof of Psychology/The University of Tulsa, & Research Director/Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, is a journalist ally & PTSD/traumatic stress expert. Her research examines journalists’ occupational health and the effects of journalistic practices upon consumers and sources.  She provides training about trauma science, interviewing survivors, self-care, resilience, interpersonal violence, disaster mental health, occupational health, online harassment,  and trauma-related newsroom practices.

Jenifer McKim, WGBH

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, WGBH

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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