Film Looks at Trauma Behind the Lens

November 5, 2009 discussion, lead

breakingMike Walter, a DC based reporter has covered all types of TV news stories, but the Pentagon on 9/11/01 changed the way he looked at it all.

His latest work, Breaking News, Breaking Down, is a film that looks into how covering tragedy doesn’t prevent us from being affected by it.

According to his site:

Breaking News, Breaking Down, is a revealing look at how journalists continually go after breaking news, from 9-11 to Katrina, never imagining how it can break them down.

In this landmark film, for the first time ever, a journalist turns the camera on himself and his profession, to candidly talk about how trauma impacted his life and the lives of others. It’s a long overdue look at a problem that has been largely ignored for years, until now. In the end you’ll watch journalists turn tragedy and trauma into triumph.”

The film is on the film festival circuit, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, here’s a brief look.

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  1. Kevin says:

    I have to get a copy of this documentary. I never realized how much the stories I covered affected me until I got out of the business. Now, every day seems like I’m stuck in the past. I had a chance to speak recently at a broadcasting class at a local college, and was able to talk a little bit about how stories can have an impact on you. It’s something that people don’t talk about enough in the business.

    If anyone is interested, the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma is having a webinar on 11/10 on covering traumatic situations and living with what you’ve seen. I’m definately looking forward to it.

  2. John says:

    I’d like to see this. I spent three days at Virginia Tech covering the shootings less than a year after graduating from VT myself.

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