Media coverage of suicide is a public health issue. Alongside a judgment on whether the story is newsworthy, journalists need to be aware that their reporting can have wider impacts, not just on relatives and friends of the deceased, but also on readers and audiences.
The number of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the U.S. southern border has spiked, causing a growing humanitarian crisis. The Dart Center has a host of resources for journalists covering this important issue.
Korean reporters covering the Sewol ferry disaster faced challenges they were not prepared for. Here, they offer their advice and tips for colleagues on the lessons they learned, and the preparation they wish they had before facing coverage of such a tragedy. Click here to read Chong ae Lee's full report on Korea's national tragedy.
The Ochberg Fellowship, now in its 16th year, is the Dart Center's flagship program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. The application deadline is October 1, 2014. Click here to apply.
In conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dart Centre Asia Pacific presents a new teaching video dealing with the treatment of news sources, "Getting it Right: Ethical Reporting on People Affected by Trauma." The project was developed to supplement teaching materials for journalism educators.
When journalist Emine Ziyatdinova, a Crimean Tatar, returned to Ukraine earlier this year, she found herself covering a conflict that left one of her friends dead and forced her to conceal her identity. "I loved Ukraine," she said. "But I don't anymore." A Q&A with Alan Chin.
By Natasha Chen, Paige Cornwell, Scott North, Ariel Ritchin, RIchard Wagoner, and Marcus Yam
On March 22, a massive mudslide washed over Oso, Washington, resulting in the deadliest landslide in United States history. As of this writing, at least 36 are confirmed dead and seven remain unaccounted for. The Dart Center spoke with five journalists about the challenges of covering the tragedy. With photos by Marcus Yam.