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Aug 12 2014 7:26 PM


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Covering Sex Trafficking: The Irina Project

Two scholars at the UNC School of Journalism & Mass Communication's Irina Project monitor media representations of sex trafficking, and advocate for responsible and accurate reporting on what has become the world's most common form of slavery, and its fastest-growing criminal enterprise. More »

Aug 6 2014 8:39 AM


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The Violence Unsettling Central America’s Migrant Children

For more than two decades, Dart Media curator and documentary photographer Donna DeCesare has documented the impact of gangs, violence, and migration on children living in Central America. Here, she offers her take on the current border crisis.  More »

Aug 3 2014 9:01 AM


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Phil Williams: Thanks to the Fixers

2005 Ochberg Fellow and Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Phil Williams offered his gratitude to the oft-overlooked fixers and drivers on last week's edition of ABC's Correspondent's Report. More »

Jul 24 2014 12:42 PM

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Journalist's Resource Research Roundup: Sexual Assault on U.S. College Campuses

In response to the growing problem of sexual assault on college campuses, the Journalist’s Resource project based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released a roundup of oft-overlooked research and recommendations for journalists. See the full list here. More »

Jul 21 2014 7:00 PM

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Carlos Dada on the Border Crisis: A Hellish Path

The past several weeks has seen a sharp spike in news coverage of the humanitarian crisis on the United States-Mexico border. On WNYC's "On the Media", Carlos Dada, co-founder and editor of the El Salvadoran newspaper El Faro, spoke with Bob Garfield about the crisis and what the US media is missing. More »

Jul 16 2014 1:43 PM


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IRE Audio: Dart Panels on Veterans & Human Rights in Latin America

At the 2014 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, the Dart Center hosted panels on investigating veterans issues and human rights in the Americas. Full audio from the panels is available here. More »

Jun 30 2014 12:15 PM


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Amnesty International Launches Open Source App to Fight Attacks, Kidnappings and Torture

Amnesty International has launched a new, open-source app to help those facing attack, kidnapping or torture.  More »

Jun 10 2014 5:12 AM


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Nigeria Prepares to Treat Rape, Trauma of Kidnapped School Girls

In a recent article, Ochberg Fellow Jina Moore reports on the planning for physical and psychological trauma support outreach for the kidnapped Nigerian students and their families. More »

Jun 4 2014 12:38 PM


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In Wake of Somaly Mam Allegations, Ethics on Covering Sexual Assault Revisited

In the wake of allegations that Cambodian human rights activist Somaly Mam may have fabricated parts of her own story of being sold into sex slavery, important questions are surfacing again about journalistic ethics and responsibility when dealing with victims of sexual assault. More »

Jun 2 2014 4:57 AM

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Dart Hosts Afghani Women Journalists

The Dart Center hosted a delegation of Afghani women reporters at Columbia Journalism School for a wide-ranging conversation on covering tragedy. More »

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  • Bruce Shapiro

    Dart Center Executive Director


    Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.

  • Julian Rubinstein

    Web Editor


    Julian Rubinstein is the web editor for the Dart Center. He is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber (Little, Brown). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Travel + Leisure, and has been honored by Best American Essays, Best American Crime Writing, twice by Best American Sports Writing, and won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Feature Writing. For more details, see julianrubinstein.com.

  • Ariel Ritchin

    Assistant Web Editor / Program Associate


    Ariel Ritchin is the program associate & assistant web editor for the Dart Center. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has previously worked in the multimedia department at the ACLU and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar.

  • Zenobia Azeem

    Web Assistant


    Zenobia Azeem is a Web Assistant at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and currently an MPA candidate at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. She previously worked in the field of international election observation in Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt. Prior to starting at Columbia, she spent time freelancing in Egypt and studying Arabic.

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