Tips & Tools

Children and Trauma

Children are not miniature adults, and they deserve special consideration when they end up in the news. Yet few journalists have experience interviewing children for routine stories, let alone when tragedy hits. This page brings together wisdom, examples and interdisciplinary resources to aid and inform those concerned with how children involved in traumatic events are covered in the media.

Dart Resources

  • Announcement

    New Resources for Journalism Educators

    To assist journalism educators and college media advisors in training the next generation of journalists, the Dart Center is pleased to announce a new compendium of resources developed in collaboration with Dart Academic Fellow and San Diego State Associate Professor of Journalism, Amy Schmitz Weiss.

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Children and Youth

    A Dart Center Tip Sheet for College Media Advisors, Editors and Student Journalists.

  • Special Report

    As Border Crisis Emerges, Resources For Journalists

    The number of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the U.S. southern border has spiked, causing a growing humanitarian crisis. The Dart Center has a host of resources for journalists covering this important issue.

  • Tip Sheet

    The Sewol Disaster: 10 Tips From Korean Reporters

    Korean reporters covering the Sewol ferry disaster faced challenges they were not prepared for. Here, they offer their advice and tips for colleagues on the lessons they learned, and the preparation they wish they had before facing coverage of such a tragedy. Click here to read Chong ae Lee's full report on Korea's national tragedy. 

  • Dart Award Winner

    Harper High School: Parts I and II

    This stark two-part radio series follows students, school staff and families as they confront and cope with the deeply disruptive impact of gun violence on their everyday lives. The series offers revelatory insights into gang geography, youth culture, the corrosive impact of trauma and the overwhelming limitations to stemming the tide of violence. Judges called “Harper High School” “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate” in its complexity. Originally broadcasted on NPR in February 2013.

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