Trauma-Informed Journalism in a Time of Chaos: Covering and Recovering Student Workshop

Friday September 15th, 2023

Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3 Room 140

Civil society and the natural environment have become increasingly harder for journalists to cover. From violence to the climate emergency, events have touched off a storm of challenges for the journalism community, both professionally and personally. Students and professionals alike need the tools to report on the world safely and ethically while taking care of themselves and their colleagues.

Students will get to work directly with psychologists and award-winning journalists from CNN, ABC, ProPublica and The New York Times to learn the latest in trauma-informed techniques in reporting and self-care.

Friday, Sept. 15
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3

Workshops 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

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

Workshop Moderator

  • Mary Alice Williams, broadcast journalist, CNN


  • Jesús Ayala, assistant professor, California State University
  • Thomas Brennan, founder and executive director, The War Horse
  • AJ Chavar, teaching fellow in immersive journalism, Newhouse School, Syracuse University
  • Kathleen Flynn, visual journalist
  • Kurtis Lee, economics correspondent, The New York Times
  • Charlie Poag, communications manager at the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
  • Les Rose, professor of practice, Newhouse School, Syracuse University


Optional Working lunch

Miron 12:30–2 p.m., NH1, Room 303

Coaches and workshop participants are invited to come together for lunch and informal discussion.

This workshop will take place just before the high holy day of Rosh Hashanah. We understand that our Jewish students and colleagues may need to travel. Therefore, all crucial pieces of this event will be held before noon on Friday. Additional lectures and panels will be added during this school year and into the next school year.

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.

Photo: The sole survivor of a massacre finds his home in ruins after the Bosnian army recaptured his village from Serb forces in the fall of 1995. He is standing on what is believed to be a mass grave of 69 people, including his family. © Ron Haviv / VII / Redux

Other Events:

Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Photo Gallery Opening
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, NH3

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.


Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:40–9 p.m.

Trauma-Informed Journalism Panel Discussion
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. Learn more.


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