In this episode we explore how trauma and stress impact journalists, as well as an evolving sensibility among those who practice journalism that self-care and safety must become more integral parts of the work of informing the public, bringing information to light, and holding power to account.

This conversation had begun prior to 2020, but it has come into focus in recent months - with the COVID-19 pandemic, journalist’s safety being threatened by authorities during social justice demonstrations, coverage of natural disaster after natural disaster, and a general deterioration of public trust, coupled with a president who has spent four years calling the credibility of journalists into question.

My guest is Elana Newman, PhD, McFarlin Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, and Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which advocates for and educates about ethical, thorough, compassionate coverage of trauma stories and those affected.

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