Inaugural National Trauma Journalism Symposium

Inaugural National Trauma Journalism Symposium

A collaboration between the Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism and Trust for Trauma Journalism

October 20-21, 2022
Franklin College
Franklin, Indiana

The Inaugural National Trauma Journalism Symposium is an exciting two-day event, which will bring to the heartland of America a critically important topic facing not only journalists, but all who are touched by trauma and tragedy. Over the course of two days on the Franklin College campus in central Indiana, survivors will share stories, experts will provide information, and attendees will be inspired and educated about the implications of trauma and how they can better deal with it in their professional and personal lives.

  • Accommodations: Room blocks available at Hampton Inn & Suites in Franklin by calling 317.668.5080.
  • Questions about this symposium? Contact Ann Barton, symposium event coordinator, at abarton@FranklinCollege.edu.

View the Symposium Agenda

NOTE: Speakers are still being added/confirmed.
* Will join virtually
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022
10:30 a.m.REGISTRATIONJohnson Atrium,
Napolitan Student Center
NoonWELCOME AND LUNCH
Welcome: Dana S. Cummings, CFRE, vice president
Institutional advancement, Franklin College
Opening Remarks: Frank Ochberg, M.D., a psychiatrist
and pioneer in the treatment of traumatic stress*
Keynote Speaker: Dave Cullen, bestselling author of “Columbine” and “Parkland, Birth of a Movement”
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
1:30 p.m.WORKSHOP 1 (Concurrent)

Doing the Work: Challenges of Covering Traumatic Events in a Community
Mass shootings and other events that affect whole communities present a towering challenge to journalists and news organizations. What have we learned about how to do journalism that can help strengthen a community following such an event?

Scheduled panelists for a discussion, facilitated by Scott Blanchard, director of journalism, WITF public radio, Harrisburg, Pa., include:

• Arnessa Garrett, enterprise editor, The Dallas Morning News*
• Naseem Miller, senior health editor, The Journalist’s Resource
• Katherine Reed, director of education & content, Association of Health Care Journalists
• Matthew Watkins, managing editor for news and politics, The Texas Tribune
Formal Dining Room/Seminar Room, Dietz Center for Professional Development
Best Practices: Trauma Aware Interviewing
Journalists can fulfill their journalistic mission while helping a trauma survivor gain control over their story, which can be crucial to the survivor’s recovery. But journalists need trauma awareness and the right tools.

Scheduled panelists for a discussion, facilitated by John Krull, director of Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, include:

• Dave Cullen, bestselling author of “Columbine” and “Parkland, Birth of a Movement”
• Frank Ochberg, M.D., a psychiatrist and pioneer in the treatment of traumatic stress*
Henderson Conference Room, Johnson Center for Fine Arts
2:30 to 3 p.m.BREAK
Refreshments
Balcony, Napolitan Student Center

Johnson Reception Area, Dietz Center for Professional Development

Branigin Atrium, Johnson Center for Fine Arts
3 p.m.WORKSHOP 2 (Concurrent)

Doing the Work: Covering Crime and Violence in Communities
Journalists in news organizations of all sizes are challenged every day to report on these issues with accuracy and sensitivity to trauma survivors. Let’s talk about how to do it well.
Scheduled panelists for a discussion, facilitated by Scott Blanchard, director of journalism, WITF public radio, Harrisburg, Pa., include:

• Emily Ketterer, multimedia news editor, Daily Journal, Franklin, Indiana
• Rafael Sánchez, anchor/investigative reporter, WRTV, Indianapolis
• Alain Stephens, West Coast correspondent, The Trace*
• Scot Thomasson, Founder & CEO, Thomasson Global Consultants; ATF Chief of Firearms Operations, retired

Formal Dining Room/Seminar Room, Dietz Center for Professional Development
Doing the Work: Investigative Journalism
In pursuing the truth, investigative journalists often find themselves in significant conflict with law enforcement or other institutional sources. How can we successfully navigate the challenges of these immersive, intense stories?

Scheduled panelists for a discussion facilitated by John Krull, director of Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, include:

• Dave Cullen, bestselling author of “Columbine” and “Parkland, Birth of a Movement”
• Tim Evans, investigations editor, The Indianapolis Star
• Kathleen Johnston, founding director, Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, and professor of practice, Indiana University
Henderson Conference Room, Johnson Center for Fine Arts
6 p.m.DINNER AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Introduction: John Krull, Director of the Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College
Keynote Speaker: Linsey Davis, ABC World News Tonight weekend anchor/ABC News Live Prime anchor, will join John Krull, director of the Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, in a conversation about the challenges and responsibilities of covering traumatic stories in places large and small.
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
7:30 p.m.NETWORKING EVENT
Networking, Music and Cocktails at The Garment Factory.
The Garment Factory
101 East Wayne Street, Franklin, IN
www.GarmentFactoryEvents.com
Hosted by Trust for Trauma Journalism
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2022
8 to 8:50 a.m.CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
9 to 9:50 a.m.WORKSHOP 3
Journalists’ Emotional Wounds
Journalists covering stories involving trauma will themselves be exposed to emotional wounds. How can journalists cope effectively with these wounds in ways that help both themselves and their colleagues worldwide?

Scheduled panelists for a discussion, facilitated by Peter Copeland, former war correspondent and Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Scripps-Howard News Service, include:

• Juan Figueroa, staff photographer, Dallas Morning News
• Tetiana (Tanya) Gordiienko, Ukrainian media analyst and Ph.D. student at School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; NGO Media Development Foundation staff member; visiting researcher at Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication and Purdue Policy Research Institute
• Emily Ketterer, multimedia news editor, Daily Journal, Franklin, Indiana
• Rafael Sánchez, anchor/investigative reporter, WRTV, Indianapolis
• Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour foreign affairs and defense correspondent
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
10 to 10:50 a.m.WORKSHOP 4
Best Practices: Building Trauma-Aware Newsrooms
Strong leadership and a supportive culture are two things that can fortify newsrooms and journalists to effectively cover the most distressing stories. We’ll talk about ways to build resilience in your organization.

Scheduled panelists for a discussion, facilitated by Eric Bradner, national political reporter, CNN, include:

• Scott Blanchard, director of journalism, WITF public radio, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
• Juan Figueroa, staff photographer, Dallas Morning News
• Tetiana (Tanya) Gordiienko, Ukrainian media analyst and PhD student at School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; NGO Media Development Foundation staff member; visiting researcher at Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication and Purdue Policy Research Institute
• Matthew Pearson, journalist and assistant professor Carleton University (Canada) School of Journalism and Communication
• Bruce Shapiro, executive director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia Journalism School, New York, New York*
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
11 to 11:55 a.m.WORKSHOP 5
Best Practices: Maintaining Resilience with Self-care and Peer Support
A discussion, facilitated by John Krull, director, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, on how journalists can tend to their mental health as they cover stories of trauma and conflict, is scheduled to include:

• Elana Newman, Ph.D., research director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
• Frank Ochberg, M.D., a psychiatrist and pioneer in the treatment of traumatic stress*
• Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour foreign affairs and defense correspondent
Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center
NoonCONCLUDING PROGRAM AND LUNCH
Remarks: John Krull, director, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College
Special Presentation: Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour foreign affairs and defense correspondent
Closing: John Krull
Box lunches will be available for participants during program.

Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center