Research project involves covering traumatic events, needs participants

Stephanie Elder, the faculty student media adviser to the Murray State News, is working on her doctorate dissertation and needs journalists and faculty members to assist.

The outline for her needs is below, one for faculty members, one for journalists. The project focuses on helping college students learn about covering, coping with traumatic events.

It is not limited to faculty or journalists in Kentucky but cannot involve anyone affiliated with Murray State University.

Stephanie includes her contact information — email and telephone — if you want more information about participating.

Recruitment for faculty participants:

Research Participants Wanted: I am conducting a research study on educating collegiate journalists on how to cover and cope with traumatic events. I am searching for faculty members from various colleges and universities throughout the United States (only) who teach in a journalism or mass communications department. Participant names or university affiliation will not be collected. Please consider participating in this study by filling out the online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/elderanderson. Please read the information contained in the letter at the beginning of the survey, as completion of the questionnaire indicates you are consenting to the collection and use of that information. The questionnaire is available October 31, 2016 through December 7, 2016.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be sent directly to me at selder@murraystate.edu or (270) 994-1552.

Recruitment for journalists:

Research Participants Wanted: I am conducting a research study on educating collegiate journalists on how to cover and cope with traumatic events. I am searching for journalists in the United States (only) who have covered at least one traumatic event. A traumatic event for the purposes of this study is defined as an event that causes a “sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death,” (Coping with, n.d.). Please consider participating in this study by agreeing to a one-on-one interview. Interviews will be conducted from October 31, 2016 until December 7, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled at the convenience of the journalist.

Any questions, comments, or to schedule your interview please contact me at selder@murraystate.edu or (270) 994-1552. Informed consent forms will be emailed to the journalists prior to the scheduling of the interview.

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