This comprehensive, interactive multimedia series in Spanish and English tells the stories of those in and around Iguala, Mexico, who had lost family members to kidnappings and killings, living in a purgatory of silence for years, and their quest for answers and justice. Judges described “The Other Disappeared” as a “tour de force,” reported with “incredible depth, rigor and compassion." Originally published by The Associated Press between September - December, 2015.
Since 1994, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma have recognized exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime and other traumatic events on individuals, families and communities. Spotlighting the experiences of victims and survivors, Dart Award winners make significant contributions to public understanding of trauma-related issues. Past winners include some of the world’s best-known news organizations as well as small community outlets.
The Dart Awards are open to newspaper, magazine, online, radio, television, video and multimedia journalism from North America that goes beyond the ordinary in reporting on trauma. Two $5,000 cash prizes are awarded each year.
Past judges include: Ana Arana, Director, Fundacion MEPI and 2013 Dart Award winner; John Barth, Managing Director, Public Radio Exchange (PRX); David Boardman, Dean, Temple University School of Media and Communication; Kenny Irby, Senior Faculty, The Poynter Institute; Miranda Olff Ph.D., Professor, AMC/University of Amsterdam and past president, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); Sarah Stillman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; and Alisa Solomon, Professor, Columbia Journalism School
Click here for entry guidelines. The entry deadline for the 2016 Dart Awards has passed.
Past Award Winners
- April 12, 2016 by Christopher Sherman, Eduardo Castillo, Dario Lopez-Mills, Alba Mora Roca, Roque Ruiz-González, Ricardo Lopez
This searing, intimate feature tells the story of Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, the youngest survivor of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg Oregon, as she struggles against myriad challenges in the massacre’s aftermath. Judges described “A Survivor’s Story” as an “eye-opening,” “brutally honest" portrait of the intense difficulties and complexities of trauma and recovery. Originally published in the Washington Post in December, 2015.
This provocative three-part series examines the concept of moral injury, a phenomenon where combat or operational experiences transgress deeply held moral and ethical beliefs that undergird a service member’s humanity; often seen as damage to the soul. Judges praised the series for “gracefully and confidently marrying the humanity and understanding of its survivors with a gritty, powerful investigation that breaks new ground.” Originally published in the Huffington Post in March 2014.
- April 9, 2015 by Melissa del Bosque, David Mann, Eugenio del Bosque Gómez , Jen Reel, Brad Tyer, Feilding Cage, Kenan Davis, Rich Harris, Nadja Popovich, Kenton Powell, Mae Ryan
This wide-ranging four-part investigative print and multimedia series examines the impact that the current immigration crisis has on those directly affected. Judges called “Beyond the Border” a “masterfully executed” series that takes an abstract issue like immigration policy and “makes it real,” portraying each character as the “complicated individuals that they are, not just the roles they occupy in this epic drama.” Originally published in The Texas Observer and The Guardian in August 2014.
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Past Honorable Mentions
Clemantine Wamariya, who at age six fled the Rwandan genocide with her sister, spent seven years wandering central Africa as a refugee, eventually coming to the United States and succeeding by every conventional marker. Judges called the piece “clear-eyed,” “tremendously insightful,” and “gracefully and honestly told.” Originally published by Matter in June, 2015.
This illuminating three-part series explores the collateral consequences of violence on children, caregivers, educators and others not directly in its line of fire. Judges called the series “eye-opening” and “compelling,” and praised the “compassion” and “clarity” with which the story was approached and executed. Originally published in the Baltimore Sun in December, 2014.
- March 25, 2015
Ochberg Fellow Dave Philipps and Dart Award Honorable Mention recipient Thomas James Brennan co-wrote a front page article for the New York Times about U.S. veterans, disenchanted with civilian life, who are returning to Iraq to volunteer to fight the Islamic State.
This illuminating feature explores the connection between domestic violence and chronic illness, drawing on recent scientific research and interviews with medical experts and survivors of violence. Judges called it “a tremendous story on a new concept” and praised Jetter for “clearly articulating the biological ramifications of trauma.” Originally published in More Magazine in November, 2013.
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More from the Dart Awards
- June 21, 2016
Video coverage of the 2016 Dart Awards presentation and winners' roundtable, featuring Christopher Sherman and Dario Lopez-Mills of AP and Eli Saslow and David Finkel of the Washington Post, explored the story-behind-the-story of their Dart Award-winning pieces; drill down on what's involved in undertaking hard-hitting, humane investigations of trauma, and discuss innovative approaches to reporting on violence and tragedy.
- April 12, 2016
The following nine pieces were finalists: The Boston Globe, “The Life and Times of Strider Wolf”; CBS/ 60 Minutes, “30 Years on Death Row”; Frontline with ProPublica,“Terror in Little Saigon”; The Guardian US, “The Counted”; The Los Angeles Times, "The Loneliest War”; The Marshall Project with ProPublica, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape”; NPR “Missed Treatment”; NPR “What Shapes Health”; and WNYC/Radio Rookies “Dating Violence”
- At Columbia Journalism School in New York City, the Dart Center will host a reception, award ceremony and winners’ roundtable featuring the 2016 Dart Award winners and honorable mentions.
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