Journalism and journalists are under attack. War has come to them: They go to war every day: they live and work on a 24-hour frontline that poses multiple risks to their mental health. “Fake news”. Social media abuse. Trolls. Governments and organisations that mislead, lie and sue. Economic pressures on the media model. The lack of public trust. Diminishing press freedoms. Journalists were once seen as neutral observers, whether on the battlefield of war or politics. Not anymore.
The story investigates the day-to-day ethical and emotional challenges of senior journalists, editors and photographers working around the world. They share their unique and at times harrowing stories. They grapple with the legacy of trauma and recover from its life-changing impact whilst doing the job they love. They highlight the issues and causes affecting their work and their mental health. They acknowledge that journalists are mentally at risk when reporting for the relentless 24/7 news cycle.