Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty and award-winning journalists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting discussed the effects of trauma and the paths toward healing at the seventh annual Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Symposium on December 4.
As various crises grab footholds in countries around the world, survivors of conflict, violence, and displacement are left to grapple with the resulting trauma and pain.
Journalists reporting on war zones, refugee emergencies, child separation, and gender-based violence must also cover the psychological effects of these tragedies. One of their greatest resources in providing responsible, sensitive reportage — besides their subjects in the field — are public health experts who have spent their lives researching the experiences of trauma and resilience.
Speakers included Ms. Kimberly Dozier, a CNN global affairs analyst who writes for TIME and The Daily Beast; Dr. Laura Murray, senior scientist in the Bloomberg School’s department of mental health and core faculty in the Bloomberg School’s Center for Humanitarian Health; Ms. Pat Nabong, a freelance visual journalist based in Chicago and Pulitzer Center grantee; Dr. Paul Spiegel, director of the Bloomberg School’s Center for Humanitarian Health and professor of the practice in the School’s department of international health. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Judy Bass, associate professor of global mental health in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 03