National Press Club

Seminar on Helping Staff Cope with Haiti Coverage, 9 am Feb. 2

January 26, 2010

A session for newsroom managers whose staffs are covering the earthquake and aftermath in Haiti will be conducted from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The session will focus on: How do those reporters and news photographers internalize and process the human suffering they’ve witnessed while doing their job? How can their home bureaus best support them when they return?

The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library at the National Press Club is partnering with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma to present the workshop for newsroom managers. The speaker is Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center. There is no fee for the seminar.

Shapiro will cover what managers need to know about maintaining resilient news teams and addressing traumatic stress among journalists who covered (or are covering) the Haitian disaster. The seminar is drawn from lessons learned in the aftermath of 9/11, Katrina and the 2004 tsunami and is built on Dart Center programs developed by leading clinicians in collaboration with journalists and managers.

The program will also focus on:

  • Trauma awareness for news managers: How journalists, news teams and newsrooms are affected by covering extreme events, and what managers need to know about occupational PTSD among journalists
  • Specific issues arising from covering mass disaster
  • The role of newsroom leaders
  • Structured conversations with returning teams
  • Developing peer support and a resilient newsroom
  • When and how to involve professional counselors
  • Before, During and After planning for ongoing Haiti coverage

Space is limited, and reservations are required. RSVP at: (202) 662-7523 or jschoo@press.org

A second session for journalists who have returned from assignment in Haiti will be scheduled in March.