A question for reporters: what would you like to get from an emergency worker while covering a tragedy?

November 9, 2009

Dear Friends,

It has been a while since I wrote here the last time… I apologize for the long silence (not that I really hope that you’ve really noticed – but I have been sort of ashamed that I abandoned my blog here for ages…) well, anyway, I’m back.

Back – and have a question for you. I would really appreciate if you brainstorm on the topic above, what could emergency workers do to help reporters cover tragedies and conflicts? What would you like them to do or not to do so that it would be a tandem not a Pushmi-Pullyu?

I’m giving a seminar for young / future emergency workers and plan to talk with them about trauma and trauma coverage.

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To fill the gap between my rare posts I’ll report that this summer I conducted a series of seminars on stress and trauma for journalists and editors of the Russian Information Agency "Novosti" (News), one of the largest news agencies in Russia. It was very interesting – for me, and hopefully for my participants. At least we had fun writing down our stressors at work – and finding out that we love our job for the same reasons we hate it (lack of time means fast flow of diverse information – not boring; multitasking causes stress sometimes but also makes you feel important and responsible, etc. etc. etc.)

Here are some pictures:

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Looking forward to your input, and thanks in advace!

Olga.