As the details of the horrific events in Newtown, CT, emerge, many of your teams and colleagues are involved in coverage - either on site or covering local angles elsewhere.
This story is challenging both professionally and personally. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has assembled an array of online tipsheets on covering mass shootings, child trauma and community tragedy which may be helpful – go to www.dartcenter.org. These include reporter-to-reporter advice on stories and news choices; editors' resources gleaned from previous incidents; and tipsheets on self-care and trauma response for news teams.
In addition, for any of your teams on site: I am pleased to report that the Yale University mental health team which is providing support for the Sandy Hook community has agreed to be available as a confidential resource for any journalist covering this very upsetting story. Journalists can call Carrie Epstein, 917-716-6546. She is an experienced and top-level trauma clinician.
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
tel +1 212-854-8056 / cell 203 843 4390