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We often use words like "PTSD", "addicted" or "trigger" without thinking much about their meaning.

But when dealing with trauma - both in their own careers and when working with people affected by a traumatic event - journalists need to understand better what these terms mean.

Writing for NiemanLab, Joshua Benton introduces the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s new guide, aimed at helping journalists with trauma-related questions.

This useful guide provides information on the language that should be used when covering specifically trauma-related matters, as well as other issues you might need to write about - including trans issues, refugees, mass shootings, mental illness, suicide, and genocide. 

"For journalists, precision is right there in the job description, and the language you use sloppily can impact real people’s lives," writes Benton.

You can find out more here.

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