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The Impact of the 11am Press Conferences on Journalists

We all tune in for the 11am press conference, and when it’s too much we turn it off. But what about those who can’t.

Listen: Ally Barnes talks to recently retired Sky News reporter Charlotte Mortlock about the mental toll of COVID news

By Ally BarnesMonday 30 Aug 2021Hope BreakfastLifeReading Time: 1 minute

The advice for most struggling with pandemic-related stress is to limit news consumption, to switch off from all but the necessary details.

But journalists have to be across it all, holding the government to account and translating public health information into a format that audiences can make sense of and apply to their daily lives. And their mental health is suffering as a result.

Charlotte Mortlock has been a reporter and anchor for Sky News for the last six years. She has covered COVID day in, day out since the beginning of the pandemic and has spent more time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, than her own mum.

Charlotte shares an insight into the mental impact of COVID on Journalists, in the player above, and why she wishes she had left the profession earlier.


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