Mental Health + Self Care for Digital Journalists

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What We'll Do

Covering traumatic material, as well as supporting colleagues and community, is an undeniable part of journalism. But it's often not discussed openly. Join ONA St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Almanac as we discuss how journalists can productively report on mental health issues, as well as practice self care to preserve their own mental health while working in the field.

What You Can Expect
Per usual, we'll have free food, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. The event will be held at Almanac, 719 N. 17th St., #120 in St. Louis.

Please note: This event starts promptly at 6 p.m., so please arrive on time. If you have any issues finding the space please call Steph Kukuljan at[masked] or Veneta Rizvic at[masked].

5:30 to 6 p.m.
We typically give people about a half-hour to arrive at the venue. Take your time to sign in, grab some food and drink, and mingle.

6 to 6:10 p.m.
At the start of every event, we update the group on any upcoming events, initiatives in the works, etc.


6:10 - 6:30
Katie S. Frauenfelder is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Center for Mindfulness & CBT. She uses her education and experience in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and therapy to bring a holistic approach to her practice.

Sarah Fentem reports on sickness and health as part of St. Louis Public Radio’s news team. She previously spent five years reporting for different NPR stations in Indiana, immersing herself deep into an insurance policy beat from which she may never fully recover.

6:50 - 7:10
Ashley Villarreal is the founder of Hear Space, a peer-to-peer app for everyday support during difficult times. It's designed as a safe space to share feelings and listen to others.

(Break if needed)

7:20 - 8:00
Panel Q&A with presenters

You can also submit questions in advance to [masked].

ONA St. Louis wants to remind attendees we have members from dozens of St. Louis-area media outlets. We ask that people be mindful and constructive when mentioning local examples in conversation. We encourage our attendees to tweet and Instagram the event.

For those who have never attended an Online News Association event before, we are part of the world's largest association of digital journalists. Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

You do not have to be a member to attend one of our meetups. We do ask that you RSVP well in advance, however, to help us better gauge how much food we will need to order.

Contact Us
If you are looking to help us organize one of our monthly events, take on a leadership role with ONA St. Louis, sponsor the group, or ask any questions about the event, please feel free to email us at [masked].

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