CIR launches South Asia series with a dialogue on self-care and community care for journalists during and post-COVID-19

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Bringing together a diverse group of journalists from across the region, CIR kicked off its South Asia series #1: “Self-care and community care for journalists during and post-COVID-19” on 6 May 2020.

Resource Person Amantha Perera explains during the South Asian Dialogue on Self-care and community care for journalists during and post-COVID-19 on 06 May 2020 via Zoom.

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 well-being.

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 consider self-care and deal with psychological stress, challenges to their own health and safety and an uncertain future? What are the best practices we can draw from?

A section of participants at the South Asian Dialogue on Self-care and community care for journalists during and post-COVID-19 on 06 May 2020 via Zoom

Amantha Perera, senior journalist, media researcher and trainer engaged with the group during 90 minutes of conversation, looking at self-care, community care, dealing with general, specific and anticipatory anxiety in different settings, developing individual self-care plans, how to ensure post trauma growth and the importance of circles of trust and solidarity building.

Amantha is a researcher with the Creative Arts Research Training Academy, CQUniversity, 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, Columbia University, USA.

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