Trauma, tragedy & terror: impacts of reporting on news media professionals
Trauma, tragedy and terror – the impact of reporting on news media professionals
Presented by: Dr Cait McMahon, OAM
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub, located at 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Price: CIMA Member $16.50, Non Member $32.50
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma - Asia Pacific since 2004. She has been working with the media since 1988 when she was at The Age newspaper in an internal counselling and support role. As a ‘trauma and journalism’ expert and psychologist, Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence, disaster and tragedy in society, focussing specifically on psychological safety and resilience for media professionals. McMahon is the only Australian psychologist to be published on this topic and has just completed a PhD on journalism and trauma, examining posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth in trauma exposed Australian media professionals. She is a renowned national and international speaker on psychological trauma as it relates to the media practitioners, and the only known psychologist to work fulltime with the media on this topic in the world. Currently she has trained journalists in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Samoa, Tonga, Sth. Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the U.S.A. the U.K and of course, her home country of Australia. In 2016 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work with journalists experiencing trauma exposure. Cait is passionate about the importance of press freedom and sees her work in this context. Cait and her partner Peter have three sons. She recently became a grandmother to beautiful babies Alexa and Gwennie and has had to learn the hard way how to establish a work-life balance, which she feels is always a work in progress.
Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma – Asia Pacific
The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Centre is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Centre provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet this challenge, drawing on a global, interdisciplinary network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers.
Dart Centre Asia Pacific is the regional hub of the Dart Centre U.S., and is run out of its offices in Melbourne, Australia. Dart Centre Asia Pacific (DCAP) educates journalists and news organisations in the region about the relationship between trauma and journalism. DCAP works from a culturally appropriate perspective, by working alongside local knowledge experts, and forming in country partnerships and collaborations.
Dart mission statement:
The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma is dedicated to informed, effective and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
The Dart Centre:
Advocates ethical and thorough reporting of trauma; compassionate, professional treatment of victims and survivors by journalists; and greater awareness by media organizations of the impact of trauma coverage on both news professionals and news consumers.
Educates journalists and journalism students about the science and psychology of trauma and the implications for news coverage.
Provides a professional forum for journalists in all media to analyse issues, share knowledge and ideas, and advance strategies related to the craft of reporting on violence and tragedy.
Creates and sustains interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among news professionals, clinicians, academic researchers and others concerned with violence, conflict and tragedy.
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