CIR dialogue series #3: Managing psychological stress of journalists covering COVID-19

Resource Person: Amantha Perera, senior journalist, media researcher and trainer

Date: Saturday, 25 April 2020

Time: 12 00 pm – 1 00 pm (Sri Lanka Time)

Venue: via Zoom

By invitation only

As the world battles against a global pandemic, journalists are in the forefront, telling the COVID-19 story. They are first responders themselves, dealing with multiple challenges, ranging from screaming deadlines, domestic crises, restricted mobility and having to deal with personal safety and wellbeing.

In these challenging times, journalists play a critical role in keeping their communities informed. COVID-19 has made everyone a health reporter.

But how can journalists cover the global pandemic effectively when they often have to deal with psychological stress, challenges to their own health and safety and an uncertain future? What are the best practices we can draw from?

Managing psychological stress of journalists covering COVID 19” will focus on all of the above and more and will feature Amantha Perera, senior journalist, media researcher and trainer. In an hour-long Zoom discussion with a select group of journalists, Amantha will share insights and share tips.

Amantha Perera is a researcher with the Creative Arts Research Training Academy, CQUnivesity, Australia.

His main area of expertise is journalism and online trauma threats. He also works as the Asia-Pacific Coordinator for the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma.

His works have appeared in TIME, The Guardian, Washington Post, Reuters, al- Jazeera and the New Humanitarian. He tweets from @amanthap