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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

  • Covering Children & Trauma

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

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    Collateral Damage

    This illuminating three-part series explores the collateral consequences of violence on children, caregivers, educators and others not directly in its line of fire. Judges called the series “eye-opening” and “compelling,” and praised the “compassion” and “clarity” with which the story was approached and executed. Originally published in the Baltimore Sun in December, 2014.

  • In Depth

    148 Killed in Attack on Kenyan University

    An Al-Shabab terrorist attack on a university in Garissa, Kenya, left 148 people dead, including 142 university students. 

  • Special Report

    145 Killed in Taliban Attack on School: Journalist Resources

    A Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, left 145 people dead, more than 100 of them children. Among the dead were nine Taliban gunmen, according to the army press office.

  • Interview

    Dianne Solis on Border Crisis, Migrant Children

    Dianne Solis, senior writer for the Dallas Morning News, has been covering immigration for the past 25 years. As the humanitarian crisis on the southern border continues, we spoke with Solis about her experiences on the beat, and the challenges of working with children, establishing trust over short periods of time, and providing context for the average reader back home.

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