These are challenging, uncertain times. It can be hard for journalists to make sense of how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting their own day-to-day lives, let alone the lives of community members they need to cover.
But it’s important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and if newsrooms want to be able to continue to serve their neighbors, they need to take care of themselves as well.
Here are some self-care resources and tips we’ve found over the past couple of weeks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] with any other suggestions.
- From Columbia Journalism School, The Dart Center has created self-care guides and support practices for editors and reporters during times of disaster
- Poynter released nine stress-relieving strategies for journalists working this non-stop story and how they can take care of themselves
- In this 2017 ONA post, Hannah Wise, now with The New York Times, shared three tips for a community-approach to self care.
- In addition to physical health measures, the CDC released lists of tips and links to resources for managing anxiety and stress during an outbreak
- University of Virginia clinical psychologist Claudia Allen assembled nine tips to protect your mental health during quarantine
- Wikimedia, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, announced its remote work strategy, emphasizing a family-focused approach that prioritizes employee well-being.
- Misleading headlines can spark more panic. Harvard Health Publishing and Time posted tricks to weeding out misinformation and keeping a clear head.
- Hannah Storm, director of the Ethical Journalism Network, documented ethical concerns surrounding coronavirus reporting and how journalists can take care of themselves.
- Itching to dive into a story? Scribd is offering all ebooks and audiobooks to all for free in an effort to ease self-isolation.
- Despite gyms being shut down for the foreseeable future, staying active at home is not impossible! The New York Times put together some tips for at-home exercise.
- Astronaut Scott Kelly gives advice on self-isolation after spending almost a year alone in space from 2015-2016.
- ELLE writer George Driver published 9 rituals to manage daily anxiety during coronavirus quarantine
- The International Journalists’ Network is hosting a worldwide webinar on Journalists’ mental health from 1pm to 2pm EDT on April 2. It features a panel including executive director of Columbia University’s Dart Center, Bruce Shapiro, and Sherri Ricchiardi, co-author of ICFJ’s Disaster and Crisis Coverage Guide
- The Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. collected resources on mental health management and self-care for both journalists and the general public
by Maeve Hennessey, The Lenfest Institute