Trauma-Informed Journalism In A Time Of Chaos: Panel Discussion

Thursday September 14th, 2023

Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3

From fires in Maui and Canada to mass shootings across the country, we are all part of world events that deserve in-depth coverage while journalists practice self-care and compassion.  Join the pioneering journalist and broadcast executive Mary Alice Williams and award-winning journalists from The New York Times, ABC News, CNN and ProPublica for “Trauma-Informed Journalism In A Time of Chaos: Preparing for When Things Fall Apart.” Together they will share their professional experiences and how those experiences can inform other journalists as they encounter times of chaos.

This is one in a series of discussions and workshops, in partnership with the Trust for Trauma Journalism and the  Stephen Jacoby Fund for Ethics in Journalism, to empower you to ethically and professionally navigate traumatic events.


  • Mary Alice Williams, broadcast journalist, moderator
  • Jesús Ayala, assistant professor, California State University
  • Kathleen Flynn, visual journalist
  • Thomas Brennan, founder and executive director, The War Horse
  • Kurtis Lee, economics correspondent, The New York Times 


Photo: US Capitol Police (USCP) Officer Eugene Goodman confronts protesters as they storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C. after listening to a speech by President Trump on January 6, 2021. A large mob who convened on Washington, D.C. for a “Save America” or “Stop the Steal” rally was incited by President Trump and stormed the United States Capitol building, fighting with police and damaging offices and rooms as they made their way through the building. As President Trump openly condoned the violence, the D.C. mayor called for a 6 p.m. curfew and mobilized the National Guard. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Photo)

Other Events

Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Photo Gallery Opening
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3

In collaboration with VII Foundation, Oculi, and Light Work, join event panelists and Newhouse faculty to view and discuss a selection of images from international, award-winning photographers that have come to represent the tumultuous world we live in. Learn more.


Friday, Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Trauma-Informed Reporting Student Workshops
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3

Work directly with Thursday night’s panelists and other experts to learn trauma-informed interviewing and self-care skills. Learn more.


Optional Working lunch
Miron 12:30–2 p.m., NH1, Room 303

For more info contact Anthony Ho at aho112@syr.edu or (315) 443-1944.

The Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, in collaboration with the Trust for Trauma Journalism and the Stephen Jacoby Fund for Ethics in Journalism, presents a series of discussions and workshops. These sessions aim to equip you with the necessary skills to ethically and professionally handle traumatic events, while also fostering self-care and peer support.

Event Details


Anthony Ho
aho112@syr.edu (315) 443-1944


  • Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART)
  • Captioning