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Trauma Journalism

University of Washington student publications director Kristin Millis believes that journalists get “bombarded by the traumatic and the negative” and become very closed off emotionally over time. This disconnection contributes to the newsroom culture of being “hardened, angry, and unfeeling.” She says she unintentionally became “a very cynical person in a short period of time” during her five years as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers and trade magazines. But she feels fortunate to have changed her outlook and to be able to help young journalists learn about their responsibilities as well as their rights. “In order to be a truly effective reporter," Millis says, "you need the human element and the relevance and connection to community.”
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