Media

Jun 13, 2018

Media Adviser: burnout doesn’t need to be part of a journo’s job

The media's known for being a high-stress environment. Maybe it's time for it to take on the support systems of other high-stress industries.

Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

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Media Adviser is an advice column from journalist and psychotherapist Rebekah Holt that offers insight on recurring media dramas and their related ethical dilemmas.

Q: It feels like everyone in my newsroom is dropping like flies with burnout. Is it just a reality we have to deal with on the job, or is there something wrong with the industry? I worry that the levels of anxiety I experience mean I'm just not cut out for the job in the first place. 

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2 thoughts on “Media Adviser: burnout doesn’t need to be part of a journo’s job

  1. kyle Hargraves

    > It feels like everyone in my newsroom is dropping like flies with burnout.
    Q : Just how many of your colleagues are accustomed to planning and working 60 hour weeks?

    > Additionally, our work means we are mostly witnessing people’s lives in
    > their worst moments.
    A reporter has the opportunity (indeed the obligation) to place the event in context – or is such an approach considered just “too objective” nowadays?

    > “Therapists are aware of what’s called vicarious trauma,
    It seems that there is a buzz-phrase for everything so that no one has to take responsibility for anything in their environment.

    “The good thing about a therapist is that they can handle it, and you don’t even have to ask about how they are. You can tap back into therapy on an as-required basis.”

    Yep – perfect abrogation of responsibility. BTW, is the “patient” offered a few hundred grams of potassium cyanide? Perhaps that might relax them further.

    > Oh and it’s also illegal for them to scoop you.

    What does “scoop you” mean? Perhaps it means “breach confidentially” but I am quite unsure.

    Finally, how about growing up and joining the real world.? You might find a few people who are rather good at “toughing it out” – and not need potassium cyanide; much less therapists.

  2. AR

    If these pieces are meant to be a replacement for Pobije’s ‘humour’ they are no improvement.

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