Isolated, anxious and unable to share: the pandemic has brought about a concerning combination of stressors that journalists must deal with. But it is also an opportunity to rethink and reshape the industry
The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on journalists. It is a sad and negative topic to keep reporting on, one that is an invisible and local threat. It is also a lonely time. Lots of us are in constant Zoom meetings but in-person, meaningful interactions are rare.
Decades of newsroom culture have also reinforced the message that it is ‘not cool to talk about your feelings’, that it is part of the job to ‘put up or shut up’.
In this week’s podcast, Hannah Storm, CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network shares her own road to recovery from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the hope that it encourages others who are suffering to come forward for support.
At a time when we are more detached from our teammates and more exposed to mental health problems than ever before, this could not be more pressing. Change, however, starts by creating a culture of acceptance in our newsrooms so vulnerability can come without repercussion.
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