Resources For Journalists

Language guide for reporting on mental health

The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health (pdf) supports journalists’ efforts to report accurately and effectively behavioral health issues, including addiction and substance use, in ways that do not reinforce stereotypes and stigma.

  • The Carter Center's mental health journalism fellows have been reporting on the mental health impact of COVID-19. You’ll find here their reporting, mental health resources for journalists covering the pandemic and for the general public impacted by the virus.

  • Search Rosalynn Carter Fellows past and present and browse their fellowship projects.

  • Find training opportunities, key mental health organizations & centers, governmental resources, important publications, and more.

  • Over the past two decades, more than 220 journalists from New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, and current participating countries have been awarded the highly-competitive fellowships. 

  • Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a longtime champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.

  • From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

  • A journalist’s guide on what to write — and what not to — when covering child abuse

    After researching studies on secondary victimization and news coverage of child abuse, and with input from child advocates, social workers and journalists, former journalist Sarah Welliver developed the Journalist’s Guide to Reporting on Child Abuse. Here are a few of the key takeaways.

Fellowship News

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Deadline extended for Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA (April 3, 2020) — The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is extending its deadline for applications, recommendations and the applicant letter of support to April 29, 2020, for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents. Fellows are still expected to be announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, on…

Brittny Mejia reporting

What happens to migrant children separated from their families? LA Times’s Brittny Mejia investigates.

Brittny Mejia is a reporter on the Los Angeles Times’ Metro desk and a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. This is a lightly edited version of the informal essay Brittny submitted for her fellowship application, republished with her permission. Links have been added for context. Fellowship applications…

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COVID-19 mental health resources for journalists and you

ATLANTA — Carter Center mental health journalism fellows have been reporting on the mental health impact of COVID-19. You’ll find here their reporting, mental health resources for journalists covering the pandemic and for the general public impacted by the virus. We are continuing to update this list regularly. Have a…