“In doing this study, it became clear to me that trauma journalism should be a fixture of journalism curricula and training programs. There exists a diverse and rich body of knowledge on this topic, as the Winter 2009 issue of the Nieman Reports displays. And given the prevalence of conflict and war, the violence and criminal acts that reporters are asked to cover, and the predictable incidence of natural disasters, there can be no debate about the necessity of putting this topic front and center in j-schools and newsrooms.
Perhaps the most salient argument is the moral one; it is journalists’ obligation to those who are victims of traumatic events to tell their stories in ways that don’t inflict more emotional damage on them while informing the public about what has happened.”
– Jad Melki surveyed journalists and j-school professors about trauma journalism in a study done by the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.
These paragraphs are an excerpt from “Why Journalists Need to Learn About Trauma”
by Jad Melki.