Loughborough Alumni


11 Dec 2019

Alumna publishes book on trauma reporting

Jo Healey has recently published ‘Trauma Reporting: A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Sensitive Stories’ (Routledge). The book offers good practice for reporters, sharing insight from news correspondents and their interviewees.

The alumna, who is a Senior News Journalist for the BBC, wrote the book after developing the BBC Academy’s in-house training programme for journalists on how best to work with emotionally vulnerable contributors.

For over thirty years, Jo has specialised in telling highly sensitive stories through newspaper, radio and television. Some have involved the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf Wars, Iraq, Afghanistan and terrorist attacks.

Jo has also covered stories on mass deaths and disasters, as well as stories of addiction, murder, abuse, mental health and imprisonment.

The alumna has received several high-profile endorsements, including from documentary maker Louis Theroux (who also shares his expertise in the book):

'It is absolutely fundamental that journalists treat vulnerable contributors sensitively and with respect.'

Jo graduated in 1984 with a degree in English and Drama.

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