Distress among journalists working the incidents

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List of Authors: Klas Backholm
Editors: Laura C. Wilson
Place: Chichester, West Sussex
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Book title: The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings
Start page: 247
End page: 264
ISBN: 9781119047933
eISBN: 9781119048015


occurring large‐scale crises, such as mass shootings, are at the heart of the
news (Brayne, 2007). Journalists immediately start covering the unfolding
events, and are expected to rapidly create products for several media
platforms. A journalist’s job description in a crisis differs from other crisis
occupational groups on several levels. For example, journalists are the only
group present at a crisis scene with a main work description that does not
focus on handling the actual crisis, but rather to inform the public about what
has happened (Englund, 2008; Newman, Shapiro, & Nelson, 2009). In addition,
while first responders and other rescue personnel often deal with emergencies
on a regular basis, most journalists are only sporadically exposed to crisis‐related
assignments (Smith, Newman, & Drevo, 2015). Journalistic work related to
crises is not limited to only those journalists who are present at the crisis
scene. The work description may also include combinations of tasks and
settings, such as carrying out tasks from one’s home office or doing interviews
elsewhere with individuals indirectly affected by the event (Weidmann &
Papsdorf, 2010). To understand how journalists may be affected psychologically
by large‐scale incidents, such as a mass shooting, one must have insight into
the occupation‐specific conditions and expectations related to news reporting
following crisis events.

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