Opinion | Part of local journalism in Toronto is meeting people experiencing trauma

Opinion | Part of local journalism in Toronto is meeting people experiencing trauma

It’s about trust. As such, we have launched a trust initiative to tell you who we are and how and why we do what we do. This article is part of that project. The mind goes to dark places sometimes. Stories we write as journalists are not always happy ones. Sometimes, the stories are about violence or hatred and the damage that does to human beings. Sometimes, they are about someone’s distress. Reporters are supposed to shrug it all off and do something else. My colleagues and I cannot always do that. If you get to know a place, really know it as community journalists in our company do, you are introduced to the pain in those communities. It is part of our job. We see people who have experienced trauma. You ask your questions quietly. You treat people you interview as human beings. You imagine yourself in their place. Sometimes, it costs you something – something very small compared to the yawning loss or hurt some people we meet are feeling, but something. In January, four people died in …
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