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When Science Reporting Takes an Emotional Toll

Original story at The Open Notebook• 2 mentions • 1 week ago

 
 
In November 2014, Erika Check Hayden left her San Francisco home for Sierra Leone, to report for Nature (where she was then a staff reporter) on how Africans and aid organizations were responding to the Ebola outbreak. Emotionally, that reporting would turn out to be unlike any other story she had done. Even when she was back home in San Francisco, Check Hayden found the news “so devastating,” she says. “There was a period of time—pretty much every working day—where I would get up, do an interview, read a story, watch a video, or look at a photo essay, and ...