War, journalism and stress: self-assessment website launched
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This week a new self-assessment website launches providing journalists and those who work them with a confidential tool to help them determine if they are suffering the effects of post traumatic stress. This unique web-based clinic is now available directly at www.conflict-study.com or through a link on the front page of the website of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) at www.newssafety.com.

The website is designed by Dr. Anthony Feinstein, the world’s foremost authority on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in journalists, and is backed by CNN. But it is entirely independent, completely confidential and available to all media organizations and journalists around the world.

“Research over the past six years has shown that journalists and media workers assigned front-line assignments may develop symptoms of distress due to the escalating dangers confronted,” said Dr. Feinstein. “This new website will enable us to provide immediate feedback to those who are searching for answers and guidance as well as to broaden our understanding of how journalists are responding emotionally to these challenges.”

www.conflict-study.com provides a self-help resource for all news media professionals, even those who do not have access to a company-supported PTSD resource. One of the innovative aspects to this service is that journalists can use it while on assignment in zones of conflict.

(Source: European Broadcasting Union)