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ERIC Number: ED434372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Training Journalism Students To Deal with Trauma.
Maxson, Jan
The School of Communications at the University of Washington initiated the Journalism and Trauma program in 1994 so that all of its journalism graduates would be informed about trauma and would consider how to interview and write about victims without doing further harm to them. The program adapts learning objectives of the pioneer Victims and the Media program in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. During a workshop, students learn about trauma and its symptoms, practice interviewing actors playing people who may be experiencing trauma, and learn how to cope with their own stress. A study assessed the effectiveness of the trauma training program for recent journalism graduates to learn how many were exposed in some degree to traumatic events in their work; to find out how the trauma training (if they received it) has helped graduates to be more effective journalists; and to ask for suggestions to improve the trauma program for future students. A survey questionnaire was mailed to 214 journalism graduates from the years 1994-1997. Of the 82 replies, those 42 graduates who worked in journalism were interviewed by telephone--14 had participated in the trauma training. Results indicated that all graduates see trauma training as a worthwhile exercise for journalism students, and that the majority of graduates had been exposed to traumatic incidents in their job assignments. Responses suggest the need for more professional support for the personal trauma journalists may experience. (Contains a figure and a 4-item bibliography.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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