Journalism has always been a stressful job, but new challenges and pressures have made the work even more daunting. On this bonus episode, we’re reaching into our archives for audio from the 2018 IRE Conference. During a panel about managing stress, reporters Ken Armstrong, Mike Hixenbaugh and Lulu Ramadan recounted difficult experiences and talked about how they balance their jobs and personal lives. Ken also surveyed three dozen journalists to find out how they unwind.
Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read one of the Hurricane Harvey stories Mike worked on for The Houston Chronicle.
- Read Lulu’s initial coverage of the Parkland mass shooting for The Palm Beach Post: “Gunman storms Broward schools, kills 17”
- Read a Poynter article about the Facebook group “Journalists Covering Trauma,” which Lulu mentioned during the panel, and this guide to covering mass shootings from the group.
- Members only: Download the tipsheet “Under pressure: Coping with stress, and knowing you’re not alone” by Ken Armstrong.
- Members only: Listen to the entire panel here.
Nesting (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Doubled (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Bogo (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Setting Pace (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Borough (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Claire Mitzel reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.