World Journalism Education Congress

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


The WJEC is the largest international conference for journalism academics and is held every three years. I presented a paper on Seeking Approaches to Address the Emotional Impact on Journalists of Working on Traumatic User Generated Content. Abstract: Regular viewing of disturbing images can have a detrimental effect on journalists who process traumatic user-generated content, putting them at risk of vicarious trauma. They have to manage their own emotional reaction in order to complete the task, engaging them in emotional labour (Hochschild, 1983). In order to explore what type of UGC triggers an adverse emotional reaction and its effects on them video interviews with 20 Storyful journalists were analysed using emotional labour and vicarious trauma criteria to determine common themes. The study found the journalists used their professional role to offset the stressful effects of processing horrific images. 
Period9 Jul 201911 Jul 2019
Event typeConference
LocationParis, France
Degree of RecognitionInternational