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Trauma Reporting Course

President Elect of College Media Association
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This eight-week course is designed for journalists to learn about the interpersonal and psychological effects of trauma on those in the journalism profession, their sources and the general public 

Upon completion of this course, you will know the fundamentals of victims reporting and covering traumatic events. You also will have a better understanding of how you can recognize emotional trauma symptoms in yourself and your peers, and how you can support each other. 


  • How to understand and identify emotional trauma and its symptoms
  • Why journalists are prone to emotional trauma and which journalists are most likely to experience it
  • How to report on small- and large-scale traumatic events
  • How to interview victims
  • How to write about traumatic happenings and display traumatic images in a complete yet sensitive manner
  • How to cover sexual assault and violence


  • An understanding of an unavoidable aspect of journalism — trauma reporting
  • Discussion about trauma reporting and its unique concerns with an expert on the subject
  • Eight expert lectures on trauma reporting
  • Individual assignments to explore emotional trauma and its impact, 
  • Trauma-related readings
  • Ongoing support from the instructor and CMN staff related to trauma reporting and its aftermath,
  • A list of suggested further readings related to trauma and journalism
  • An official CMN Certificate of course completion.


  • View eight expert lectures on trauma and trauma reporting
  • Write weekly online discussion responses to questions related to trauma and journalism
  • Participate in weekly online discussions with the instructor and your classmates
  • Complete trauma-related readings and watch videos about trauma coverage


$500. A $100 deposit, which is applied to the cost of the course, is required to reserve your seat. Enrollment is limited.


Kenna Griffin is the president-elect of College Media Association. She has been a college media adviser for more nearly two decades, after working as a professional journalist. Griffin has a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She researches the relationship between emotional trauma, journalism professionalism and organizational support.

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