As essential workers and first responders, journalists face increased threats and
risks online and in real life as they cover natural disasters, mass shootings,
the COVID-19 pandemic, violent extremism, police violence and increased civil
unrest in communities. As part of the communities they cover, journalists experience
trauma themselves in the course of serving the public.
What started out as an in-class assignment for one West Virginia University Reed College of Media student has extended beyond the classroom to a collaborative service project to benefit elderly West Virginians.