Psychological implications of journalistic work


In this seminar, Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald will provide an overview of her research exploring the nexus between journalism and psychology. Jasmine has published five systematic literature reviews that provide a comprehensive synthesis of journalists’ experiences of burnout, trauma exposure, and trauma reactions such as depressive and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and substance use. Jasmine’s original research was the first of its kind to explored the trauma experiences of TV news camera operators, how their experiences compare to those of other news workers (such as reporters), and the protective function of relationships amongst news workers of various roles when experiencing occupational stress and trauma. Most recently, Jasmine is exploring journalists’ substance use behaviours in relation to trauma exposure and coping styles.