Self-care advice for journalists
Updated June 23, 2020
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These are challenging, uncertain times. It can be hard for journalists to make sense of how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting their own day-to-day lives, let alone the lives of community members they need to cover.
But it’s important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and if newsrooms want to be able to continue to serve their neighbors, they need to take care of themselves as well.
Here are some self-care resources and tips we’ve found over the past couple of weeks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] with any other suggestions.
- From Columbia Journalism School, The Dart Center has created self-care guides and support practices for editors and reporters during times of disaster
- Poynter released nine stress-relieving strategies for journalists working this non-stop story and how they can take care of themselves
- In this 2017 ONA post, Hannah Wise, now with The New York Times, shared three tips for a community-approach to self care.
- University of Virginia clinical psychologist Claudia Allen assembled nine tips to protect your mental health during quarantine
- Wikimedia, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, announced its remote work strategy, emphasizing a family-focused approach that prioritizes employee well-being.
- Misleading headlines can spark more panic. Harvard Health Publishing and Time posted tricks to weeding out misinformation and keeping a clear head.
- Hannah Storm, director of the Ethical Journalism Network, documented ethical concerns surrounding coronavirus reporting and how journalists can take care of themselves.
- Itching to dive into a story? Scribd is offering all ebooks and audiobooks to all for free in an effort to ease self-isolation.
- Despite gyms being shut down for the foreseeable future, staying active at home is not impossible! The New York Times put together some tips for at-home exercise.
- Astronaut Scott Kelly gives advice on self-isolation after spending almost a year alone in space from 2015-2016.
- ELLE writer George Driver published 9 rituals to manage daily anxiety during coronavirus quarantine
- The International Journalists’ Network is hosting a worldwide webinar on Journalists’ mental health from 1pm to 2pm EDT on April 2. It features a panel including executive director of Columbia University’s Dart Center, Bruce Shapiro, and Sherri Ricchiardi, co-author of ICFJ’s Disaster and Crisis Coverage Guide
- The Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. collected resources on mental health management and self-care for both journalists and the general public
- The International Journalists Network held a webinar on journalists’ mental health and curated resources for working journalists.
- First Draft assembled self-care guidelines for journalists to stay healthy while demand for reporting is high
- Healthy habits are paramount while self isolating. The Philadelphia Inquirer offers resources to stay consistent including tips for better sleep and daily stretches to relieve daily tension.
- RTDNA created a guide to newsroom mental health, covering everything from managing daily stress to covering disaster and trauma
- News Media Alliance put together a thread of mental health stories and resources for journalists in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month
- The networking platform Hostwriter created the Collaboration Wire to connect editors and journalists around the world who are looking for work due to the coronavirus-related lockdowns.
- The nonprofit Cortico created a guide to leading Zoom conversations with community members through virtual events and online engagement.
- Conferences planning has been thrown completely off course. Here’s how the Collaborative Journalism Summit turned around and reorganized a virtual event.
- Columbia Journalism Review outlined some strategies for how editors can best support their freelance writers’ well-being.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, with help from a psychologist, breaks down how to break bad quarantine habits
- With cases climbing faster than ever, isolation and social distancing measures could extend further into the future. Here’s how to comfortably manage loneliness and spend time with yourself.
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