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Trauma Journalism

Prof. Jad Melki, who surveyed journalists and journalism professors about the need for trauma-related instruction: “In doing this study, it became clear to me that trauma journalism should be a fixture of journalism curricula and training programs. ... And given the prevalence of conflict and war, the violence and criminal acts that reporters are asked to cover, and the predictable incidence of natural disasters, there can be no debate about the necessity of putting this topic front and center in j-schools and newsrooms. Perhaps the most salient argument is the moral one; it is journalists’ obligation to those who are victims of traumatic events to tell their stories in ways that don’t inflict more emotional damage on them while informing the public about what has happened.” (Source: Neiman Reports "Trauma in the Aftermath," Winter 2009 issue) Read More 
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