Shock, horror: how news teams cope with covering tragedy

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Shock, Horror

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Sian will talk about the emotional impact of covering difficult events. A former Oxford Brookes student, she has been a reporter, producer and presenter, working on some of the biggest news stories over the past three decades.

She will discuss the challenges of the job, reflect on her work and also reveal the latest research from her MSc Psychology degree. As part of her research she talked to colleagues about post-traumatic stress in the industry after witnessing suffering, conflict, death and grief in their daily work, and the potential for growth after crisis.

About the speaker

Sian Willilams 2

A BBC journalist for  almost thirty years, in her time as a reporter, Sian Williams covered the Hillsborough stadium disaster, the Paddington train crash, the Asian tsunami and, in 2005, the Pakistan earthquake. She is studying for her master’s degree at the University of Westminster.