The workshop facilitated learning, conversation and self-reflection about how stress and ecoanxiety pose a serious risk to journalists’ mental health and professional abilities. See the recording here.
The session specifically honed in on the effects of stress and ecoanxiety, such as the lack of self care and a work-life balance; drawing a line between activism and journalism; and moral injury.
Participants had space to share about their personal experiences and concerns, ask questions and identify solutions collectively. The trainers also offered some practical, evidence-based tools that can help.
The workshop was for any investigative environmental journalist who is concerned about his/her well-being or just wants to stay healthy and sane in order to continue doing the work they love.
Mar Cabra is co-founder of The Self-Investigation. She is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, digital wellness educator and Acumen fellow working on raising awareness on how technology is changing the way we interact with ourselves, each other and as a society. She writes a column in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial on this topic. She’s committed to creating a healthier working culture in journalism to prevent others from burning out like she did after leading the technology and data work for the Panama Papers investigation. LinkedIn, Twitter
Irene Baños is a Spanish multimedia journalist focused on climate communication, with a special interest in climate-related emotions. She is a regular contributor to the environment section of Deutsche Welle (DW) and develops DW Akademie’s communication strategy on media and information literacy and environmental journalism in Latin America. She also works as a trainer, speaker and writer for various media and institutions. She is author of several books including Ecoansias (Ecoanxious) (Ariel, 2020). LinkedIn, Twitter