Journalists are our most precious commodity. It is time to give them the support they need, when they need it the most
The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on journalists. It is a sad and negative topic to keep reporting on. It is also a lonely time. Lots of us are in constant Zoom meetings but in-person, meaningful interactions are rare.
Decades of newsroom culture have also reinforced the message that it is ‘not cool to talk about your feelings’, that it is part of the job to ‘put up and shut up’. However, when journalists are not well they cannot properly tell the stories that matter to their readers and viewers.
Experts from Sky News, Reuters, Reach Plc and the Ethical Journalism Network share practical tips around taking care of our colleagues and ourselves when we are feeling low.
From battling disinformation to dealing with online abuse and mental health crisis, journalists around the globe are feeling the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
ICFJ’s global research director and Newsrewired keynote speaker Dr Julie Posetti sheds the light on the reality behind the data.
At the beginning of the pandemic, John Crowley conducted a global survey to assess how journalists were coping during lockdown. His findings are published in a report entitled ‘Journalism in the Time of Covid’. The report urges news leaders to heed concerns from staff about their mental well-being.