Welcome to SJWP! We’re glad you’re here.

You are reading an online toolkit and safe space for both student and professional journalists who are seeking emotional support and looking to take part in a wider conversation in how we can build healthier newsrooms.

On this website, you’ll find student testimonies, advice and insight from psychologists and other experts, as well as a list of resources and readings for coping with the emotional and mental toll journalists experience in their careers. We created this toolkit with the belief that addressing mental and emotional health in the newsroom – student or professional – is essential to making sure the media industry is sustainable, accessible and inclusive as a whole. Self-care and attention to journalists’ wellbeing is relatively a new concept, and it is one that we must elevate if we want to continue to include more voices, publish groundbreaking stories and hold those in power accountable for their actions.

This website was the brainchild of Karan Nevatia. Karan was a student at the University of Southern California applying for the Kaleigh Finnie Memorial Scholarship, which gives grants to USC Annenberg students who are looking to raise awareness and destigmatize issues around mental health.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our site, and please reach out to us if you would like to contribute or be more involved in our commitment to wellness!