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JSU Journalism Mental Health & Digital Skills Workshop

August 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

Join us for a day focusing on mental health self-care for journalists and on digital skills to help reach audiences in new ways.

The Jacksonville State University Department of Communication invites journalists to our first Journalism Mental Health & Digital Skills Workshop on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, presented with the generous assistance of the Alabama Press Association.

Speakers will include researchers studying the impact of traumatic stories on the journalists who tell them and the effects of online harassment from hostile audiences. We’ll also hear about mental health self-care and first aid from JSU’s Counseling Services Office.

In addition, we’ll have sessions on the best ways to use social media as journalist and some simple digital video tools for reporters. We also invite you to participate in focus groups with JSU scholars who are researching these issues.

All sessions will take place in the beautiful new Merrill Hall on the JSU campus, with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided, all for FREE. Space is limited, so please register today to reserve your spot.


  • 8 a.m. – Sign-in and breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – Elana Newman, Research Director, DART Center for Journalism & Trauma
  • 10 a.m. – Autumn Slaughter, Research Assistant, DART Center for Journalism & Trauma
  • 11 a.m. – Tekeisha Goggins & Kristen O’Dell, JSU Counseling Services
  • Noon – Lunch break
  • 1 p.m. – Teddi Joyce, Associate Professor, JSU Department of Communication
  • 2 p.m. – Sebastian Mendez, Assistant Director, JSU Digital Media Services & Adjunct Instructor, JSU Department of Communication
  • 3 p.m. – Snack break
  • 3:30 p.m. – Focus groups with JSU researchers

Check back for more details and updates to the itinerary.


Merrill Hall, Jacksonville State University
Pelham Road North
Jacksonville,AL36265United States
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