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School of Journalism to host workshop on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

When the military goes to war, journalists follow.  While the two groups have different roles to play, they do share common ground: Their experiences in combat zones can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

To help journalists learn how to better cover PTSD – and how to better cope with their own PTSD – the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas will host a day-long workshop this fall.  The workshop, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The McCormick Foundation is funding this event.

The workshop will include:

  • An update from medical experts on what we know about PTSD today;
  • A panel discussion with military officials on their experiences with PTSD and suggestions on how journalists can improve coverage of this issue;  and
  • A panel discussion with journalists who will discuss their own PTSD and offer suggestions and resources for journalists coping with PTSD.

This workshop is recommended for working journalists who have covered combat and their editors, and for health-care reporters.

Workshop enrollment is limited to 25 journalists, however, observers are welcome. 

For more information or to learn how to apply, contact Dr. Barbara Barnett at the University of Kansas.

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.  The school’s curriculum has focused on multimedia storytelling. 

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens.  Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities.  The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.  The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.