Media As First Responders-Font Line Journalists and Stress

Event Date:
Nov. 9, 2005

Event Name:
Media as First Responders 

Event Type:
Meeting 

Time:
10:00 AM 

Sponsored by:
American Psychological Association 

Event Location:
First Amendment 

Details:
Please join us for an interactive discussion with journalists recently back from the Gulf Coast, psychologists and trauma specialists about what it means to be first on the scene at a disaster. This workshop will focus on the impact reporting from the front lines can have on your mental and physical health, as well as ways to successfully manage traumatic stress in the workplace.
The psychological effects of reporting on traumatic events or natural disasters can be long-lasting, sparking strong emotional reactions in even the most seasoned journalists. The additional stress of witnessing violence, death, homelessness, destruction, displaced populations and people suffering emotionally and physically add to the already stressful expectations of journalists to not only cover these traumatic stories while remaining composed, but also work extraordinarily long hours. This workshop will help reporters understand emotional reactions to these situations and help to identify coping mechanisms that will build resilience.
Media as First Responders will be moderated by David Wood, veteran national security reporter for Newhouse News and 2001 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma Ochberg Fellow.
Speakers include:
Mark Seibel, editor, Knight-Ridder, Washington, D.C. bureau
Suzan Stafford, Ed.D., APA Disaster Response Network and vice president of the Capital Area Crisis Response Team, Washington, D.C.
Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., executive director for professional practice, APA
Elana Newman, Ph.D., research advisor, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma and associate professor of psychology, University of Tulsa
This event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Press Photographers Association and the American Psychological Association, with participation by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Space for this free event is limited. Please RSVP before Friday, November 4 to reserve a seat. This event is exclusively for journalists and will be closed to the public and media coverage. All stories and information shared during discussions will be kept private.

RSVP to Peter Wilson at pwilson@apa.org or call 202-336-5899.

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Getty
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Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
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Aurora
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Gamma
5%
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8%
Polaris
5%
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