Mental Health of Journalists Covering Traumatic Events

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Beslan, September 2004. Photo by Oleg Nikishin.

Covering tragedy, grief and victims is at the heart of what journalists do. For many, there is a personal price to pay, especially in regions where violence is part of the landscape.

Pakistan’s media was put to a grueling test on Dec. 16, 2014, when Taliban gunmen stormed a public school in the northern city of Peshawar and killed 144, most under the age of 16. The brazen attack sent shockwaves around the globe.

News coverage did not end with the victims’ funerals.

Pakistan’s journalists wrote dozens of follow-up stories about grieving parents and survivors who “witnessed hell.” Often, the details were harrowing.

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