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Tragedy and Objectivism: The Impact of Trauma on Media Professionals

Following the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in April of 2015, numerous journalists were victims of mob violence while covering the ensuring riots in Baltimore, Maryland.1 On August 26, television news reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed by a former coworker during a live on-air segment in Roanoke, Virginia. On December 2, news outlets covered the second deadliest mass shooting in the state of California as two extremists killed and injured nearly 40 people in San Bernardino. Throughout 2015, audiences watched over and over again as traumatic incidents of mass violence saturated television, radio, print and online media. Yet, what is the impact on those who report on such incidents?