cover of Verification Handbook

Edit Disturbing Stories Without Trauma

Tweet this post.“Sometimes you have to edit disturbing topics, and they can get to you.” Today, in my How To column at I share tips journalists use to mitigate these effects, from the advice of Gavin Reese in the Verification Handbook. #emjo

“Pay attention to your reactions. You may not even know that a subject will disturb you until you’re well into the edit. Start that self-care as soon as you can.”

Read more about dealing with disturbing subjects in your work.

cover of Verification Handbook

The Verification Handbook is available as a free download in ePub, PDF, and mobi formats in four languages as well as English. It is an initiative of the European Journalism Centre, edited by Craig Silverman.

Link to my columns on

 man cowering against a wall

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