Tips & Tools

Interviewing Victims

What is different about interviewing survivors of violence and tragedy? How can reporters avoid re-victimizing already-traumatized individuals? What are the special techniques and ethical obligations in the trauma interview?

Dart Resources

  • In Depth

    On the Front Lines in Ukraine

    In 2011, at the age of 17, Anastasia Vlasova covered protests in Kiev for the first time. Three years later when the first wave of major violence erupted in Ukraine, she was studying journalism in her first semester of graduate school. “I wanted to shake people's shoulders and say, wake up! There's a war going on in our country.” A Q&A with Alan Chin.

  • 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. 

  • In Depth

    GermanWings Crash Kills 150

    A German airliner crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board. Below are tip sheets and other resources for journalists covering this evolving story.

  • 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.

  • In Depth

    Building Trust In A Melbourne Mental Ward

    ABC Australia's News 24 Presenter/Reporter Kumi Taguchi took a break from the quick turnaround of TV news to spend two weeks at a Melbourne repatriation hospital to work on a feature story about PTSD experienced by returned soldiers, The Battle After The War. In this piece, Taguchi writes about becoming comfortable, gaining trust, and her decision to write exclusively for online.

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Outside Resources

  • Interviewing: The Ignored Skill

    Poynter Online

    When it comes to ethics, it's essential to ask good questions to make good decisions. A successful process includes asking key questions at the right time.

  • Dealing With Disaster

    Editor and Publisher

    Joe Strupp and Doug Cosper discuss the problems faced by journalists in extreme situations, with emphasis on the challenges faced at the World Trade Center after 9/11.