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Rochester Journalists Deal with PTSD, Trauma; How This Affects the Local Newscape

By: Andi Inman

In an era marked by the relentless churn of breaking news and the perpetual demand for instant updates, the role of local journalists remains crucial in shaping public discourse and understanding. However, amidst the challenges they face, one often overlooked aspect is the toll that covering traumatic events can take on these reporters and the stories they bring to light. The recent article on Boomtown Press sheds light on the pressing need for greater support for Rochester journalists as they navigate the complex terrain of trauma-influenced reporting.

Rochester, like many communities, grapples with its own share of difficult stories – from incidents of violence to economic struggles and systemic injustices. Journalists tasked with covering these stories often find themselves at the frontline of trauma, exposed to the raw emotions and harrowing experiences of those directly impacted. Yet, the support systems available to them are often inadequate, leaving them vulnerable to the cumulative effects of vicarious trauma.

The article underscores the importance of acknowledging this reality and calls for tangible steps to bolster the well-being of Rochester journalists. This includes providing comprehensive training in trauma-informed reporting techniques, fostering a culture of empathy and support within newsrooms, and offering resources for mental health and self-care. By investing in the resilience of journalists, we not only safeguard their well-being but also enhance the quality and depth of local reporting, ensuring that vital community stories are told with compassion and nuance.

Both Media 2070 and Dr. Kate West and Leslie Rangel, authors of "Journalist Break News Don't Let it Break You" were featured in this piece! Read the full piece here.


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