According to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, there is a concept that some psychologists and advocates for victims call “the second wound.” It refers to the collateral damage that hasty and thoughtless journalism can do to victims of trauma and other vulnerable sources. Journalists of all backgrounds and beats must know how to cover sensitive stories without causing this additional harm. By attending our class, you will learn:
• How to build trust with victims and other vulnerable sources.
• How to motivate sources to share their story in empowering ways.
• Additional resources to use when covering stories involving victims of trauma.
The New England First Amendment Coalition launched last year a monthly educational series featuring short, practical lessons on journalism and the First Amendment.
The goal of the program — called “30 Minute Skills” — is to provide reporters and other citizens knowledge they can use immediately in newsgathering, data collection, storytelling and other areas of journalism and First Amendment law.
The lessons will be provided in a 30-minute format to accommodate the demanding schedules faced by many working in New England newsrooms. The program is free and open to the public. Registration for each lesson is required.