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Staying Sane: Managing Threat and Trauma - PEN America
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Staying Sane: Managing Threat and Trauma

As part of PEN America’s Covering Protests series, this webinar—co-hosted with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma—on Staying Sane: Managing Threat and Trauma was presented and recorded Thursday, June 18, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET.


About This Webinar

As part of PEN America’s Covering Protests series, this webinar—co-hosted with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma—is led by mental health and trauma expert Elana Newman. Journalism is a trauma-facing profession, and journalists often find themselves on the front lines of disaster, pandemic, street protest, and social upheaval. This webinar offers a briefing on trauma and journalism, introducing the concept of emotional injury, discussing warning signs, sharing scientific findings on how to build resilience, and best practices for self care and psychological safety. With Q&A.

Elana Newman, PhD is the Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the McFarlin Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa.  Newman studies the occupational health of journalists who cover traumatic events and helps journalists learn about trauma science, best psychological practices for interviewing survivors, self-care, trauma-informed newsroom practices, and other ways psychological knowledge may be relevant to journalistic practice.


About the Covering Protests Series

Amid sustained protests against police brutality in the United States in recent weeks, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has recorded over 400 press freedom violations, including over 60 arrests and over 300 physical attacks against reporters. The majority of this intimidation and abuse has been perpetrated by the police. In response, PEN America has partnered with leading press freedom organizations to empower ​journalists to take care of their safety and well being as they ​cover the protests.

For more information, contact Viktorya Vilk, program director of digital safety and free expression, at vvilk@pen.org.


Series Cohosts

PEN America logo  International Women’s Media Foundation logo  Committee to Protect Journalists logo    Freedom of the Press Foundation logo   Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma logo

Series Cosponsors

Writers Guild of America East logo

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