2020 has brought us major stories with the real possibility to cause trauma to journalists of all levels of experiences. Student journalists, however, may be especially unprepared for the risks associated to covering stressful topics.
Mental health advocate and student journalist for The Cornell Daily Sun, Tamara Kamis, provides four tips to build supportive and resilient student newsrooms, writing for Poynter. Here, she underlines the need to develop plans around collaboration and schedule in downtime.
"Taking time off is helpful for student journalists, because everyone needs breaks and rest can make coping with a mental illness easier. A collaborative and healthy newsroom culture makes rest possible, because when student reporters work together, they can cover stories for each other," it reads.
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