Elana Newman

Elana Newman

Elana Newman

McFarlin Professor of Psychology

University of Tulsa McFarlin Professor of Psychology Elana Newman spoke at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW”) at the United Nations on March 6, an event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”).

As the leader of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Research Office at TU, Newman addressed the safety of women journalists and news coverage of violence and trauma at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Each year, state members of the CSW meet to discuss and evaluate the progress of gender equality. The theme for this year’s conference was the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

“This forum is an important and unique opportunity to set global standards and influence policies by establishing best practices and increasing awareness,” Newman said.

As a co-director of the TU Institute of Trauma, Abuse and Neglect, Newman’s research focuses on assessment and improved understanding of the effect of traumatic life events on children and adults. Most recently, her work has addressed the challenges facing journalists when covering traumatic events, including post-traumatic stress. She also examines the impact of news coverage on victims of violence and news consumers. Newman discussed how witnessing trauma, interviewing survivors and broader harassment affect both male and female journalists. In addition, she spoke about issues related to covering violence perpetrated against women and children. Newman’s work and that of her colleagues at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, addresses “the extent to which covering violence such as sexual trauma impacts issues of press freedom.”

“Many complex challenges arise when reporting on violence and trauma,” Newman said. “Journalists often struggle with how to approach these stories and effectively frame them in the media.“

Newman’s presentation included preliminary findings from a survey focused on harassment and intimidation of journalists around the world, undertaken by Newman’s research team at TU’s Department of Psychology.

For more information about Newman and her UN presentation, contact Gail Banzet at 918-631-3730 or gail-banzet@utulsa.edu