Two Professors to Share Tips on Self-Care to National Journalists

Friday, Apr 24, 2020 • Valerie Fields Hill :

Two School of Social Work professors, Jandel Crutchfieldand Pamela Foxwill be expert panelists on mental health and self-care during the National Association of Black Journalists Sunday Happy Hour series. 

The live virtual broadcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. C.S.T. on Sunday, April 26, 2020 on the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

The broadcast is one of six virtual shows in the ongoing Sunday Happy Hour series. It is a production of NABJ's Media-Related Task Force, a sub-group of the national organization.

The task force is committed to bringing relevant and timely programming to NABJ members.

The series began earlier this year and will commence in May. Shows in the series are broadcast live each Sunday on the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

The two professors will answer questions and offer tools, strategies and tips to African American reporters, broadcasters, producers, advertising executives and other media-related professionals to employ for guarding their mental health as they report news and create messaging during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Many of these professionals now are working in a new normal - isolated in their own home studios and practicing social distancing while covering the COVID-19 pandemic.

NABJ President Dorothy Tucker will be a featured guest on the live broadcast. Tucker, a reporter at CBS-2 in Chicago, was diagnosed earlier this year with COVID-19. She since has recovered. She will share her and her family's personal journey.   

The broadcast’s topic is "Self-Care during Shelter-At-Home Isolation." 

This discussion is expected to bring awareness to a new body of academic research showing that meteorologists, anchors, photographers and other media-related professionals suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after covering emotionally draining news topics.

A Kent State University journalism professor released a study last year that found that, of 30 reporters, news anchors and others who covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017, one in five met the criteria for PTSD. Two in five respondents met the threshold for depression and 93% experienced some symptoms of depression.

Register in advance to join the ZOOM event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Jandel Crutchfieldis an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Crutchfield worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mississippi and Louisiana schools. She has served as a counselor in community mental health, in-home and residential treatment settings. Her research areas include cultural engagement and cultural competence, racial bias and skin color bias.  

Dr. Pamela Fox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an assistant professor of Social Work Practice at the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned a Master of Divinity in pastoral studies and counseling from McCormick Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Fox worked for a decade in Social Work at the Diabetes Healthcare and Wellness Institute in Dallas before beginning a career in academia at UT-Arlington where she has taught courses in Family Therapy and Brain and Behavior. She holds certificates in life, health and wellness and relationship coaching.  

Dorothy Tucker is the twenty second president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Dorothy is an investigative reporter for CBS-2 Chicago. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 and has since recovered. She will share her and her family's personal journey.