The Pandemic is taking a toll on the journalists’ mental health

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October 20, 2020, 12:24 PM UTC

The International Center for Journalism (ICFJ) and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University surveyed 1400 English-speaking journalists in 125 countries.

Around 70% of journalists said they were seriously concerned psychological and emotional impacts of dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic. More than half of respondents were worried about unemployment, financial insecurity, and physical risk of contracting the virus along with technical challenges of reporting.

With intense workload during the Pandemic, nearly half of journalists were concerned about balancing work and home responsibilities. Beyond that, journalists had to face abuse and censorship. 20% of respondents said online harassment had gotten much worse” after the Pandemic.

Around half of respondents said political leaders and elected officials were the top sources of disinformation, but reporters had to rely on them. Additionally, journalists were also pressurised to publish positive coverage of government official and political leaders.

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