New methods emerge to teach ‘trauma-awareness’ in j-schools

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J-school educators are turning to virtual reality, actor simulations and video “micro-learning” to better prepare journalists to cover disasters, violence and human suffering.

These innovations were featured at the second-ever conference of JETREG (Journalism Educators Trauma Research Group) held in June at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

“We know we need to improve curriculum for students entering the field,” said Desiree Hill, conference organizer and journalism professor at the University of Oklahoma.

”We are learning from each other on how to do simulations to prepare journalists. More universities are adding specialized courses. Our research is becoming more sophisticated,” said Hill.

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