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Editor to discuss journalists’ safety and mental health in industry debate

Richard DugganA regional editor is set to discuss threats to journalists’ safety and mental health in an industry debate on the issue.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists will host a free online discussion panel with industry leaders to mark the week of World Mental Health Day.

Richard Duggan, Newsquest’s regional editor for the North West, will be among those on the panel.

Richard, pictured, will be joined by Kathryn Anastasi, deputy head of Talksport, Vicky Gayle, investigative journalist at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Lisa Bradley, course leader at the University of Sheffield, and Rachel Wood, content strategy and planning manager of Reuters Video.

The debate comes after it was revealed last week that young female journalists at Reach plc had been sent extreme pornography, prompting a police investigation.

Impartial Reporter Rodney Edwards also shared that he was forced to increase his personal security after a conspiracy theorist allegedly threatened to behead him.

In addition to the debate, the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy for students and working journalists is running a three-hour ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Newsroom’ virtual masterclass on Wednesday 11 October, and a one-hour ‘Safety and Resilience for Journalists’ lunch and learn on Friday 13 October.

Laura Adams, head of the Journalism Skills Academy, said: “Word Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the health and wellbeing of journalists across the industry.

“Safety and resilience issues have undoubtedly had an impact on people’s mental health, and in some cases, has led to talented journalists leaving their jobs and the industry.

“We hope that in reinforcing the risks, the NCTJ can continue its work in supporting the industry and NCTJ-accredited courses in preparing working and student journalists for the realities of working in the profession.

“We look forward to seeing people from across the industry join us for the webinar on the 10 October, during which we expect to hear some fascinating insights from industry professionals.”

More information can be found here.