The technological advances that allow anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection to record what they are seeing and share it with the world have coincided with an intense period of conflict and unrest.
The Arab Spring, and more recently the Israel-Gaza conflict and the rise of the Islamic State, has brought a images and footage of conflict to new organisations on a scale not previously seen. But what effect is this having on the journalists who view such footage? And what can news organisations do to guard against this?
News editor Alastair Reid speaks to:
- Bruce Shapiro, executive director, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
- Joe Galvin, journalist and duty editor, Storyful
- Claire Wardle, co-founder of the EyeWitness Media Group and UGC researcher for the Tow Center on Digital Journalism
- Dr Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and research scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute
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