• Fact Sheet

    Jan 1 2009

    Covering Trauma: Impact on Journalists

    An overview of current research on the occupational hazards for journalists covering traumatic events, the risk factors that aggravate those effects and some suggestions for mitigating those factors.

  • Tip Sheet

    Jul 15 2011

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

    Quick tips on covering sexual violence, from preparation to writing the story.

  • In Depth

    Self-Study Unit 4: The First 24 Hours

    IV. Coping Strategies for Victims

    The first 24 hours after a traumatic event can be a time of extremely high psychological stress for everyone involved — victims, their families, rescue personnel, medical staff and others. Often left out of this picture of sufferers, however, are the journalists who give witness to tragic situations so that others who are not on the scene have a sense of what happened and what impact it has had (and will continue to have) on the community.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    Sources and Resources

    Sources and resources for Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

  • In Depth

    PTSD 101

    Young journalists will often encounter violence among their first reporting experiences. The effects of catastrophe and cruelty are newsworthy, particularly when victims are numerous, are famous or are symbolic of something that we all relate to and hold dear: a child killed in a schoolroom; a nurse held hostage in a hospital.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    Sources and Resources

    Sources and resources for the trauma and journalism self-study unit.

  • DVD

    News Media and Trauma

    This documentary, available online and on DVD, features a wide range of Australian journalists their recounting experiences covering traumatic stories.

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    V. Journalists are Human Too

    The nightmares began for one reporter after reading dozens of gruesome fatality reports about babies who had been suffocated, starved or beaten to death.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    I. Key Points

    The moment when someone is notified of the death of a close family member can be the most important in their lives.

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    VI. Best Practices

    Each year the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma recognizes outstanding newspaper coverage of victims and their experiences with the The Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence.