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Trauma Journalism

The debate on issues such as emotional engagement in reporting, critical incident training and trauma counseling for journalists has intensified with coverage of catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian tsunami in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010. These and other tragedies have brought heightened attention to controversial topics rarely discussed openly in newsrooms. Advocates claim that frank dialogue about trauma-related issues in journalism will enhance the profession.

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