The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honor innovative, ethical and effective reporting of human tragedy across all media platforms. Judges will make two awards, each carrying a $5000 cash prize. Entries must be submitted through the online application system by Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Cait McMahon, managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia today for her pioneering leadership on behalf of journalists at risk of post-traumatic stress and other psychological injury. Awarded by Australia’s Governor General, the Order of Australia is the preeminent means by which the nation recognizes outstanding service by its citizens. McMahon received the honor for “services to community health, particularly traumatic stress services to journalists.”
Poet, essayist and critic Elizabeth Alexander spoke with the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro about her best-selling memoir, which recalls the life and sudden death of her husband Ficre Ghebreyesus. Today, The Light of the World was nominated for a National Books Critics Circle Award.
On August 26, 2015, Alison Parker, a television reporter for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, and Adam Ward, Parker’s videographer, were shot and killed on camera by a former colleague. Now Chris Hurst, the evening news anchor for WDBJ and Parker’s boyfriend at the time of her death, asks how American newsrooms could cover gun violence differently.
Dart Centre Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the appointment of Amantha Perera as Asia Pacific Regional Facilitator.
Last Spring the Dart Center organized a two-day workshop to improve journalists' knowledge of guns and gun violence, explore new research, reporting ideas and best practices with leading experts in public health, policy, medicine and the law. In the aftermath of the San Bernardino and Colorado Springs shootings, these resources may be useful.
At Columbia Journalism School, Katherine Boo - winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius” grant - joined Dean Steve Coll for a discussion of her first book, a powerful and complex work of immersion reporting.
Building journalists’ capacity to report thoroughly and accurately on violence, war and other abuses and their aftermath is more essential than ever as societies wrestle with how to deal with terrorism and crime, how to aid refugees, whether to go to war and how to protect the most vulnerable citizens.
For the past two years, Australia's Royal Commission has been investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. Dart Centre Asia Pacific Board Chair Matthew Ricketson reflects on a public hearing he attended in Melbourne to support a friend who had been abused by a school chaplain.