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Psychological preparation before and after a reporting assignment


About this course

This course is designed to provide you with the tools you need to report on stories, do interviews and write articles with greater awareness of your own safety. We focus on psychological aspects to help you to better prepare before, during and after covering an event.

Have you ever asked yourself what you can do to make reporting safer or how to prepare in advance for certain events that can cause anxiety, insecurity or put you at risk?

Integrating the material you will find in this course into your daily routine will help you to do your reporting in the safest possible way because it will help you to plan better and will form part of your security plan. This course will help you systematize and become aware of the steps, strategies and tools needed for safe news reporting from a psycho-emotional perspective and, in turn, help you emotionally detach yourself from the event.

About Totem

Totem is an online platform that offers interactive courses to learn how to increase digital security and privacy. The optimal user experience is currently on your desktop computer. The aim is to support journalists, human rights defenders and activists so they can more effectively use privacy tools and tactics in their work.

Join today and learn about Psychological Preparation Before and After a Reporting Assignment.

What will you learn in this course?

By the end of this course, you will know:
  • how to prepare yourself psychologically for emotionally charged events;
  • how to minimize the impacts these events have on your five senses;
  • how to apply the different steps involved in psychological safety before and after an event.


This is the first course of CAPIR’s psychosocial safety curriculum.

This course takes on average 90 minutes to complete.

Latest update

This course was last updated in: August 2022


This course was developed by Vinland Solutions as part of the CAPIR Consortium for journalists in Latin America. IWPR coordinated this initiative together with the Totem platform and Media Development Collective, specialists in online education.