The invisible wounds inflicted by pandemic journalism: André Picard
2021-06-08 from theglobeandmail.com
The bread and butter of journalism is covering traumatic events.
The headlines drip with blood and sorrow: Dead children buried at residential schools, record numbers of casualties of the overdose crisis, mass shootings, armed insurrection, wildfires, war and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic added another layer: Millions dead, carnage in long-term care homes, burned-out health workers, glimmers of hope constantly crushed by new coronaviral plot twists, in wave after wave after wave.
Yet journalists rarely talk about the despair and trauma they suffer when covering such high-profile stories.
A story published recently on Study Hall, an online support network for media workers, has forced some self-reflection out into the open.
In the piece entitled “The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay. Extremely Not Okay,” Olivia Messer talks frankly about quitting her dream job at the Daily Beast after “falling apart” under the relentless pressure of pandemic coverage.
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