Interviewing Children

  • Booklet

    Covering Children & Trauma

    Michelle McLoughlin / Reuters: 
A young girl is given a blanket after being  ...

    When children are victims of violence, journalists have a responsibility to report the truth with compassion and sensitivity.

  • Special Report

    May 24 2014

    Mass Shooting in Santa Barbara: Resources

    Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters: 
UC Santa Barbara students attend a candlelight v ...

    A mass shooting by a college student in Santa Barbara, California on Friday has left six people dead and 13 injured. See the Dart Center's resources for journalists covering this tragedy.

  • Event Report

    Mar 28 2013

    Symposium: Sandy Hook and Beyond

    Alan Chin / for the Dart Center: 
Dave Cullen, Dart Center  ...

    Click here to watch all of the symposium panels. Click here to read the Live Blog from the event. Click here for program details.

    The daylong symposium: Sandy Hook and Beyond: Breaking News, Trauma and Aftermath took place on Monday at Columbia University. Regional and national journalists were joined by community leaders, mental health experts, policy advocates and Sandy Hook families and shared perspectives, discussed lessons learned and pointed the way towards responsible news coverage going forward. 

  • Tip Sheet

    Jan 31 2013

    Interviewing Children: Guidelines for Journalists

    Alan Chin

    Get permission before interviewing or photographing a child. Set clear ground rules about what is on and off the record. Don't talk down to a child. And don't make promises you can't keep. A Spanish-language version of this tip sheet is available here.

  • Blog Post

    Dec 18 2012 3:31 PM

    Dart Staff and Affiliates Weigh In

    In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Dart Center staff and affiliates were in the news, speaking about best practices for journalists covering tragedy involving children, and how to move forward. More »

  • Blog Post

    Dec 17 2012 9:52 AM

    Interviewing Kids in Crisis: The News Value Debate

    Michelle McLoughlin / Reuters

    Following Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Dart Center's executive director Bruce Shapiro has been asked by multiple news outlets to discuss the ethics of interviewing children in the midst of tragedy. More »

  • Special Report

    Dec 14 2012

    Mass Shooting at Connecticut Elementary School: Resources

    Alan Chin / for the Dart Center: 
Two students from Sandy H ...

    A mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut left 28 people dead, including 20 children. See the Dart Center's resources for journalists covering this tragedy. 

  • Tip Sheet

    Feb 10 2011

    Consejos Para Entrevistar a Niños en Situaciones Traumáticas

    Como parte de su trabajo diario, periodistas, fotógrafos, editores y productores deben tener muy en cuenta su responsabilidad de informar la verdad con compasión a la vez que evitar exponer a los niños a traumas adicionales. La guía que sigue es una traducción del recurso "Interviewing Children: Guidelines for Journalists."

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