Visiting professor discusses effect of pandemic media coverage on mental health

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Kiran Nazish, who came to Brandon University last year as a Stanley Knowles Distinguished Visiting Professor, discussed the effect of covering COVID-19 on mental health on Thursday at a virtual international conference hosted by Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.

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Clockwise from the upper left: Anthony Feinstein, Kiran Nazish, Jane Seyd and Matthew Pearson take part in Thursay’s discussion on mental health and COVID-19 media coverge.

Nazish, the founder of the Coalition for Women in Journalism, took part in a panel discussion along with Anthony Feinstein of the University of Toronto, Jane Seyd of the British Columbia-based North Shore News, and Jad Shahrour of the Samir Kassir Foundation. Their discussion touched on the complexities of responsibly reporting on COVID-19 as well as the effect of covering the pandemic on journalists themselves.

Conference organizers have published a summary of the conversation and a link to the entire panel discussion.

The two-day conference, titled Journalism in the Time of Crisis, concludes on Friday. Exploring the current state of journalism, its role in responsibly covering COVID-19, and the impact that the pandemic is having on the industry, guest speakers include many prominent journalists and academics. Thursday’s sessions also included a keynote address by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer.

More information on the Journalism in the Time of Crisis conference can be found at


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