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Resource ID: #4876
Date: 2016



How reporters approach, interview and tell the stories of trauma survivors can cause harm or produce narratives that help improve the public’s understanding of subjects like sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, mass shootings and disasters. Journalists need a basic understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain to be able to interpret and responsibly report stories of human suffering. They must also consider the need for greater transparency about reporting methods and processes with people recovering from the impact of trauma. How journalists balance the demands of the story with compassion for trauma survivors can produce better journalism.

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