Journalist’s Trauma

by Gabby McMann
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In never-ending news cycles, where journalists are frequently dealing with traumatic topics, such as the discoveries of unmarked graves of Indigenous children or stories on abuse or race-based issues, newsrooms are still learning how to help their journalists deal with the trauma they may encounter when reporting. The Centre For Free Expression (CFE) invited panelists Kim Bolan, an award-winning reporter for Vancouver Sun who has covered wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, Afghanistan; Karyn Pugliese (Pabàmàdiz), an Algonquin broadcast journalist and communications specialist, now editor-in-chief of Canada’s National Observer; and Dave Seglins, a multi-media investigative journalist, to discuss the traumas a journalist may face and if newsrooms are equipped to provide their journalists with the resources they need. In this episode of the CFE’s virtual forum series, the panelists also discuss the enhanced backlash and social media attacks that BIPOC journalists may face in the industry. 


Kim Bolan: Award-winning reporter for Vancouver Sun who has covered wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, Afghanistan and the bombing and trials related to Air India Flight 182.

Karyn Pugliese: Executive editor, National Observer, former Executive Director, News and Current Affairs, Aboriginal People’s Television Network. 

Dave Seglins: Multi-media Investigative Journalist, CBC; Co-author, Taking Care: A Report on Mental-health, Well-being and Trauma  Among Canadian Media Workers

Moderator: Julian Sher: Investigative journalist, filmmaker, author and newsroom trainer, former senior producer of CBC’s The Fifth Estate

This event was cosponsored by the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Journalism Research Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University.

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