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Study Reveals: Journalists are not Robots

More than half the journalists who reported on terror attacks and wars have symptoms of emotional trauma, nightmares, and suffer from anxiety.

Reuven Stein 07/12/2009 08:44

Survey: Extensive exposure of journalists to traumatic events has an affect on their mental health. A recent survey revealed that 52% of Israeli journalists questioned, who cover wars and terror attacks, suffer from severe stress and trauma disorders and are in need of treatment. That is 5.5 times more than the rate of stress related disorders within the general population in Israel.

The study is new, and the first of its kind in Israel. It was conducted by a student and journalist, Dadi Markowitz, in the framework of a project for his Masters Degree in communications.

Markowitz points out that Israeli reporters who cover terror attacks expose themselves to different levels of emotional trauma. First of all, their jobs require that they collect detailed information about the attacks, and they spend extensive amounts of time at the scenes of the attacks - observing and gathering data. The excessive exposure to such upsetting sights causes many of the journalists to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which in turn affects their ability to report objectively on the events they are covering, even when those events are not terror-related.

In the course of his research, Markowitz asked dozens of journalists who had covered wars, terror attacks, and other traumatic events, to fill out questionnaires about their reactions to those experiences. The journalists who participated in the survey included police, army, and health reporters, as well as reporters assigned to specific locations in Israel. They have all reported on traumatic events for at least 6 years, and some have been exposed to as many as 20 terror attack scenes.

According to the results of the survey, 52% of the participants suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, a desire not to return to the sites of the attacks, nightmares, and fits of rage. Markovitz determined that the rate of post-traumatic stress disorders among Israeli journalists in identical to that experienced by American  journalists reporting on the war in Iraq.

Journalists are not Robots

Markowitz says that journalists should be provided with sources of emotional support and treatment, and that society should understand that the journalists are not robots. Journalists are just as susceptible to stress and anxiety as the rest of us, and should therapeutic services must be made available to them, as is the case with ambulance drivers, firefighters, and Zaka volunteers.

Markowitz wrote, "We journalists do not have the tools to help ourselves, and the system is not aware of our need. The survey will only prove to be useful, if in the long run we understand that the earth is burning beneath our feet in this country, because of all the terror attacks, and that journalists must be provided with the tools to deal with trauma."