Coping with tragedy exposure in the media

By: Megan Schuller

Editor In Chief

In the wake of many shootings across the country and terror attacks across the world that have made the news recently, the nation is constantly exposed and reliving the tragedies that are occurring.

Locally, a 6 year old in Hyde Park named Zaria is the 14th child under 11 years old shot in Chicago since June, CBS reported on Friday.

Nationally, on June 12, there were 49 people were killed and 53 injured at a popular gay nightclub in Florida. Omar Mateen,  claimed the attack for ISIS and opened fire on innocent people enjoying their night, according to CNN. There’s also the police who were shot in Dallas TX on July 7, and many more occurrences that could be named.

Globally, in Nice, France 84 people were killed and 202 injured after a ISIS claimed terror attack on July 14, when a 19 ton truck drove into a crowd of people on the French Riviera celebrating Bastille Day, which is France’s National Day, according to the NY Times.

These events are powerful according to how they are portrayed both by the media and those viewing it. As a media we recognize that it is also our responsibility to watch our words and how it covered, knowing our words will be perceived from others and affect how people will cope with this news.

Graphic By: Megan Schuller

Graphic By: Megan Schuller

Ann Diamond, Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator at the  Roosevelt Counseling Center says to remember that, “we all respond differently on an individual level to tragedies in our community and world…It is important to remember that engaging ourselves internally and those in our surroundings verbally is an important way of coping and processing ongoing tragedies and trauma.”

The recent shootings in our country have spurred a lot of ambivalence among the nation. There are many sides to every story, respectively. Diamond sheds light on some ways students can discuss topics such as this, while remaining respectful to differing opinions of others.

“Often in the face of differing opinions or views we can become triggered by our own fear of not being understood or that our perspective does not matter. However, if we can find ways to engage in difficult discussions with those that have different views than our own, we may experience a greater degree of self-understanding coupled with a greater comprehension of others,” Diamond said.

When clashing perspectives causes a discussion to become heated to an uncomfortable level, Diamond says to know when to excuse yourself and instead seek the support of someone you can to talk to and process the experience with.

Social media has a lot to do with how the general public responds to news, and how news of events such as this spreads. Being aware of what you are saying and the power behind words, is important to remember whether it’s online or in person.


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