Managing Threat and Trauma for Journalists

Online via Zoom

The Department of Communication Arts invites you to a webinar by Gavin Rees from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and award-winning reporter Rania Abouzeid, who will discuss best practices for self-care and managing psychological safety for journalists starting their career in the media.

Click here to register. 


Journalists anywhere can find themselves covering a traumatic situation or coming under attack for a story they are working on. News professionals in Lebanon have the added pressures of working in a society contending with intersecting crises. Political instability, COVID-19, the collapse of the economy and increased attacks on the media, along with the aftermath of the August 4 Beirut Port explosion, all add to the challenges of working during these times.

In this 90-minute webinar, Rees and Abouzeid will be discussing:

-What every journalist needs to understand about trauma

-How to deal with harassment, intimidation and exposure to traumatic imagery

-Practical techniques for working in high-pressure situations

-Why a robust approach to ethics is also an integral part of staying resilient and effective. 


Rania Abouzeid is a multi-award winning journalist and the author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (2018), and Sisters of the War: Two Remarkable True Stories of Survival and Hope in Syria (2020). She has received a number of fellowships including the Dart Center’s Ochberg fellowship and the Nieman at Harvard University.

Gavin Rees is Senior Advisor for Training and Innovation at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Since 2008 he has been working as a consultant and trainer for newsrooms, media-support organizations, and journalism schools across Europe as well as in Africa and the Middle East. Previously, Rees produced business and political news for U.S., British and Japanese news channels, and has worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and independent film companies.