Being a writer or a journalist, it is never easy to report or write when tragedy strikes your area, let alone standing in the presence of the catastrophe while millions of citizens suffer from injuries, lost loved ones, trauma and shock. As a writer, it is essential to ensure that the sentiments of the public are taken into consideration. Focusing just on being able to get what you want as a writer will not benefit you or will it bring out the essence of the trade. The following steps might assist you in how to stay respectful to the victims or witnesses and take your personal health into concern as well.
Advancing on Your Subject
During the writing of a tragedy, it is very intrusive to approach a victim or survivor and challenge them to recall a traumatic struggle they’d just gone through. So, taking extra care and consideration to their situation might allow them to feel comfortable to communicate their experience. When approaching regard them with dignity as they might be emotional or still in shock but also show them empathy considering their situation. Try as much as possible to avoid mentioning or inquiring about friends or loved ones that may have succumbed in the catastrophe unless they approach the topic. When you are finished asking them questions, try to apologize for their sufferings and thank them for their time.
Respecting local customs when you are in a particular country can help you not get into trouble. In places like Nepal, the citizens that are Hindus have religious rules that require female grievers not talk or communicate with strangers. It is entirely normal and instinctive if family members get protective of the victim during these situations. In these positions, it is only noble you respect their decisions and grant them the privacy they are obliged to receive.
State Only Facts
Don’t miss essential facts while writing your report, and this consists of names, statistics, theories, and reason. Also going back to people, you discussed with and re-verifying their names facts is highly encouraged as you have a big chance of making a mistake or stating the wrong points. When writing about the injured people be considerate for the viewers that might be reading your report and don’t be too explicit with gory and disturbing details while describing an incident like the Indonesian Earthquake.
Take A Breather
Believe it or not, but journalist and writer’s symptoms of traumatic stress are surprising like police officers, firefighters, and doctors, but still, writers generally receive little to none of the others support, usually because of the nature of their job. After they file their stories online or physically, their problems are neglected by others and themselves. Being frequently exposed to catastrophes and the victim who is affected by it, while researching for your report can cause stress-related problems, night terrors or worse. Understanding the urgent need to give yourself a breather from the painful conditions. The overwhelming nature of the responsibly at hand can cause you to have a meltdown, stress out or worse. It is essential to stay calm when a victim is describing gory details, but at the same time, it is entirely normal for you to break down when you are told tragic stories – that only show your humanitarian nature.