Self care for journalists: A practical guide

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kristin Hussey of independent journalist; Christine Mehta of Syracuse University, Newhouse School; Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Linda Yaron of University of Southern California
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 11:30am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Layoffs. Climate-change disasters. Fake news. Corruption. Mass shootings. Angry sources. Vitriolic culture. Enemy of the people. 

Journalism has never been an easy job but in our current culture, the psychic, emotional and sometimes financial toll seems to keep mounting. So how do we thrive — or even survive — in such an atmosphere? This session will cover how to recognize signs of burnout, secondary trauma and other danger signs, as well as the research that shows what can really help, how to train your editor and how to build a support network. We'll also look at how professionals deal with constant trauma in other fields. The good news: the practices and tools you can develop to survive as a journalist – growing resilience, cultivating empathy and self-advocacy – are the same tools that can help you succeed in the rest of your life.

Speaker Bios

  • Kristin Hussey is a Connecticut-based freelance reporter. Since 2007, Kristin has reported on corruption, philanthropy, guns, politics, poverty, pizza and prom dresses for The New York Times. B.C., Kristin was a staff writer for, The Capital in Annapolis, Md., and The News in Boca Raton, Fla. @kristinhussey1

  • Currently a lecturer at Syracuse University, Christine Mehta has been a human rights investigator for flagship human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, for six years. She reports on national security, immigration, criminal justice reform, police brutality, and conflict in countries around the world. Mehta's work has been featured in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, BBC Hindi, The Hindu, and USA Today. @christinemehta

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

  • Linda Yaron teaches Introduction to Mindfulness, Stress Management for Healthy Living, and Yoga at the University of Southern California.  She holds dual Master’s in Education degrees and is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), and Certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT). Her integrative approach blends research and practice in mind-body awareness to enhance resilience and joy. 

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