Post–Traumatic "Press" Syndrome and the State of the Media

A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2008 at 8:00 pm – Gerdin Business Building Auditorium, Room 1148

Frank Ochberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and expert on post-traumatic stress disorder, will lead a discussion on the stresses journalists face when covering war, terrorism, and mass murder. Panelists include Tina Croley, editor of the Detroit Free Press series "Homicide in Detroit," and Donna Alvis-Banks, who covered the Virginia Tech shootings and their aftermath for the Roanoke (Va.) Times. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism. Part of the First Amendment Day Celebration.

Cosponsored By:
  • Greenlee School of Journalism
  • Iowa State Daily
  • Lee Enterprises
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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