Covering Trauma

A look at the media's role and the impact of traumatic events.

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Covering Traumatic Events
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Covering Traumatic Events

The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut raised many questions about how the media covers traumatic events, and how those same events may traumatize the reporters who cover them.

In early April, before the Boston Marathon bombings, host John Dankosky brought together a conversation with journalists who’ve covered violence at Central Connecticut State University.

Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma was our keynote speaker.  His center specializes in helping reporters do this kind of work.

He was joined by Tina Susman, national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who has covered war in Iraq, Somalia and Rwanda; and WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen, who covered the Newtown shooting and its aftermath for NPR.

They'll discuss the media's role and its boundaries when reporting on tragic events. And, we will assess the impact of this work on the journalists themselves.