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Trauma Journalism

Although accounts of journalists covering conflict, tragedy, or trauma date back centuries, social scientific research examining these issues is a recent phenomenon. One of the earliest such studies in the 1994 American Journal of Psychiatry concerned the stressful psychological reactions of
15 journalists who had witnessed an execution of a man found guilty of the murder of two 16-year-old boys. The results indicated that “merely witnessing violence may be sufficient to promote the development of dissociative, anxiety, and other symptoms, even in the absence of physical risk.”
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