December 20, 2012

Steve Gorelick
Steve Gorelick

Media coverage of traumatic events can affect the mental health of those involved in the trauma and those who learn about it through radio, television or social media. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings in Connecticut on December 14th, media coverage included “unconfirmed” speculations on the facts, moralizing by so-called spiritual experts, and even raw interviews of the surviving children after they left the school and their parents. On tonight’s Healthstyles program, producer and host Diana Mason, RN, PhD, talks about this coverage and its impact with Steve Gorelick, professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and member of the Board of Advisers for the Columbia University Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma. Gorelick was a member of a team of experts invited to Norway to study the 2011 mass murders in Utoya. Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College (www.centerforhealthmediapolicy.com). You can listen to the program on WBAI, 99.5 FM at 11:00 PM tonight.