Trauma Literacy for News Leaders

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Trauma Literacy for News Leaders

27 Jan 2021
South Asia & Asia Pacific

Leading newsrooms during times of disasters, tragedy, and trolling

With climate disasters and civil conflict increasing, along with the continued fallout of the global pandemic, the demands on newsrooms remains unprecedented. Daily reporting challenges are often overlaid with attacks on journalists via online hate speech, trolling and harassment. Pressure from these combined events not only manifest through physical tension and burnout, but also psychological stress. When media professionals continuously report on violence, death and injury and receive online trolling and threats the potential for psychological injury is high. Managing staff experiencing such a combination of events requires a specific leadership skillset.

As we begin the year afresh, WAN-IFRA is pleased to be working with Dart Centre APAC in Australia to offer this special training series on how to protect against and prevent trauma and help newsrooms build resiliency. This comprises an introductory webinar followed by a set of three in-depth sessions for a smaller select group of applicants to equip them with the skills to support colleagues exposed to trauma, educate staff on self-care and basic trauma literacy, and put in place workplace processes which safeguard employees’ mental health and well-being.

Open to all (free)

27 January 9:30am IST | 12noon SIN/HK | 3pm AEDT        Trauma Literacy for News Leaders introductory webinar

By subsequent application only (details to be announced on 27 January)

3 March 9:30am IST | 12noon SIN/HK | 3pm AEDT            Trauma Literacy for News Leaders (Intensive) Session 1

10 March 9:30am IST | 12noon SIN/HK | 3pm AEDT          Trauma Literacy for News Leaders (Intensive) Session 2

17 March 9:30am IST | 12noon SIN/HK | 3pm AEDT          Trauma Literacy for News Leaders (Intensive) Session 3

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  • 1

    What is Trauma?

  • 2

    Harassment, Trolling and Psychological Impact

  • 3

    Trauma in the context of online journalism

  • 4

    Managers' Duty of Care

  • 5

    Practical tips for newsroom leaders to help trauma-impacted staff


Real-time Simultaneous Translation in

  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Cantonese
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin

Who should attend?

Generalist journalists interested in trauma, mental health and resiliency issues during critical situations, and who are interested in improving their skills and understanding. 

Editors are invited to nominate candidates in their newsrooms who could benefit from these new skills and knowledge.


Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes for this 90-minute webinar include

a. Identifying psychological trauma

b. Understanding trauma in the context of journalism

c. Learning strategies to support staff experiencing trauma


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Trauma Literacy for News Leaders

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