“Rapid support to Media Workers Covering the War and its Consequences”

The coverage of the war leaves its mark and it is necessary to remember that media representatives also have wounds but not all of them are visible.

Both the journalists and cameramen working in the war zone, people responsible for editing, video editing and publishing the materials in the editorial office regularly deal with human pain and suffering during their professional activity.

The psychological state of media workers often does not receive adequate attention, and current tensions are perceived as an integral part of their job. However, media workers need to analyze their psychological problems and overcome them.

Ignoring this fact can cause psychological problems, negatively affecting their professional activities.

Public Journalism Club NGO, giving great importance to the above-mentioned issue, has initiated a series of informational-psychoeducational meetings, which are intended for media representatives covering the events in the war zone, as well as media editorial and coordinating staff, journalists accompanying international journalists or media workers.

During the meetings, participants will have the opportunity to have discussions with well-experienced and skillful professional psychologists and psychotherapists on the topics of emotional and professional burnout, stress and trauma management in media teams, the impact of grief on media work, and emotional stability and self-care. Specialists will talk about the psychological peculiarities of conducting interviews with victims, relatives of the missing, and other traumatized persons.

An opportunity will be provided for the participants so that they can better recognize their needs from the perspective they do not usually even touch.

The meetings will be held once a week for six weeks.

Each meeting will have its thematic orientation.

Increasing psychological literacy will allow media workers to prevent the negative effects of coverage of traumatic events, both on a personal and professional level.

The first meeting will take place on February 13, 2021, at 14:00, at the Public Journalism Club NGO. Address: Yerevan, 12 str. Saryan, 3rd floor.

To participate in the first information-educational meeting, please register here.

All the participants of the meetings will have the opportunity to take the private services of psychologists, for which the Public Journalism Club will pay. 

“Rapid Response Fund Initiative”

On December 1, 2020, the Public Journalism Club announced the launch of the “Rapid Response Fund Initiative”. The main goals of the program are to provide fast and flexible support to journalists and media workers, to provide them with medical and psychological assistance, to develop professional skills in international humanitarian law, first aid, digital and personal data security, and to raise awareness of psychological protection among journalists and the public.

The program will help increase the preparedness of participating journalists in emergencies, support the media in developing security protocols as a long-term guarantee of journalists’ safety.

Capacity building activities for psychologists will be coordinated by the best international and local experts.

Within the framework of the project, a coordinating consortium was formed, which includes the Media Initiative Center, the Yerevan Press Club, the Freedom of Information Center, the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, and Media Diversity Institute.

Within the framework of the “Rapid Response Fund” program, the consortium will develop a long-term vision, mission and strategy of the initiative.

The program will cover the period of December 31, 2020- May 31, 2021. The project is funded by the European Endowment for Democracy (EED).

In case of additional questions and / or for details, you can contact the Public Journalism Club NGO via the telephone numbers or e-mail mentioned below:

Saryan 12, 3rd floor, Yerevan, Armenia

Phone: +37412 755898, +37499 755 898

Email addresses: [email protected], [email protected]

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