SPJ Region 3 Conference 2019


Registration HERE for Conference, early bird specials until Feb. 4

The Society of Professional Journalists – Region 3 & the Savannah State University Department of Journalism & Mass Communication (JMC) are providing an opportunity for honest talk on what is it is like to face trauma and ongoing stress as journalists, how to recognize when someone needs help, and to help find solutions to help these professionals and newsrooms find resilience and to persevere. 

The conference, “Trauma & Stress: while working in journalism,” will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on March 9, 2019, at the Coastal Georgia Center from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit the conhttp://bit.ly/2FTIwlxference website at TraumaStressJournalists.com

Look at the statistics for southeastern U.S.

Did you know that during the past three years, more than anywhere in the United States, journalists and newsrooms in the southeast, (SPJ Region 3) have faced more mass shootings and natural disasters than anywhere else in the country?

And journalists and newsrooms need to talk about how these traumas and also the long-term stress of working in shrinking newsrooms and in an unpredictable journalism job market. How are these emotion stresses affecting their work lives, personal lives, their human psyche and bodies?

REGISTER HERE NOW! Early bird specials until Feb. 4

What are journalists talking about?

  • Psychological, emotional and behavioral effects of covering a disaster, breaking news or losing a job
  • PTSD and other mental health issues, including depression due to work-related stress
  • Impediments, including stigma, to talking with peers or seeking professional help
  • Signs of traumatic stress and when someone needs help
  • Help from newsroom leadership and peer support when a colleague dies while working in journalism

What the conference will talk about:

  • Emotional, psychological and behavior effects of direct and indirect exposure to work-related stress and traumatic events
  • Changes that occur in the body when exposure to traumatic stress and what to do about those changes
  • Ongoing stress of working in today’s newsrooms and worry related to the unpredictable media industry
  • Deconstructing sigma attached to journalists asking for help and ways to eliminate it
  • Ways newsrooms leaders and colleagues can be proactive in providing resources for journalists when help is needed
  • Resources available for treating mental health problems due to work-stress and exposure to traumatic events; vicarious trauma included
  • Conversations about ways journalists and newsrooms build resilience for and persevere when faced with trauma and ongoing issues
  • Conversations about what journalists have faced when covering traumatic events/work-related stress and hear how others have recovered, or not recovered

Speakers and Panelists

SPJ Region 3 and Savannah State JMC have a lineup of national, regional and local journalists and news leaders to talk about these important topics and also address the stigma of asking for help, and let each journalist know that they are not alone.

Nick Valencia

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Nick Valencia, CNN National Correspondent    BIO


Dr. Elana Newman

Dr. Elana Newman, DART Center for Journalism & Trauma read Dr. Dorsett article in SizingUpTheSouth.com about trauma and stress by linking HERE.

Dr. Pamela Dorsett

Dr. Pamela DorsettClinicial Psychologist and freelance journalist; read Dr. Dorsett article in SizingUpTheSouth.com about trauma and stress by linking HERE.

Rod Hicks

Rod Hicks, Journalists On Call, Society of Professional Journalists


Lee Brown, Assistant News Director, WYFF-TV, Greenville, South Carolina

Tom Lewis, News Director, WMBB-TV, Panama City, Florida

Katie Landeck, Managing Editor, Panama City News Herald, Panama City, Florida

Susan Catron, Executive Editor, Savannah Morning News

Nassem Miller, Health & Science Reporter, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida


Kris Allred, Chief Meteorologist, WSAV, Savannah, Georgia 

Jamie Arnold, Chief Meteorologist, WMBF, Grand Strand, Pee Dee areas South Carolina 

Wes Wyatt, Meteorologist, WBRC-TV, Birmingham, Alabama


Susan Catron, Executive Editor, Savannah Morning News

Student Leadership and journalists from Savannah State University’s student newspaper, Tiger’s Roar

More local media to be announced soon!

Want more detailed information? Link HERE or go to TraumaStressJournalists.com

REGISTER HERE TODAYEarly bird specials until Feb. 4

Questions? SPJRegion3Conference2019@gmail.com