Resources

  • 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 14 2011

    Reporting on Sexual Violence

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

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 2: Covering Terrorism

    Sources and Resources

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

  • Online Learning

    Self-Study Unit 1: Journalism & Trauma

    Sources and Resources

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

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    III. For Editors

    The single best way for editors to improve coverage of child trauma is to create beats where reporters regularly do stories about kids. That means expanding beyond the traditional education beat and assigning journalists to specialize in social policy, child trends or family issues. Those reporters will become experts at interviewing and writing about kids. They will know whom to call when a 13-year-old boy is charged with killing his parents or an infant is found abandoned on a sidewalk.

  • 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.

  • Tip Sheet

    Tragedies & Journalists

    III. Your Community

    Understand that your coverage of a traumatic event will have an impact on your readership, viewers or listeners. Remember that the tone of your coverage may reflect the tone of the community's reaction to it. Thus, you should establish policies that affect your coverage: For example, consider coverage of public memorial services for the victims, instead of private funerals. And, if you do cover private services, call the funeral home to ensure that you will not intrude.

  • Journal Library

    Psychology/Psychiatry

    A list of academic publications with a primary focus on psychiatry and psychology.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    VI. Practical Details

    Ask the family if there is anyone else they want to contact, or to be with them there now, and how your organisation might help.