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

  • 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. 

  • Video Dispatch

    Ethical Reporting on Traumatised People: New Video and Teaching Notes

    In conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dart Centre Asia Pacific presents a new teaching video dealing with the treatment of news sources, "Getting it Right: Ethical Reporting on People Affected by Trauma." The project was developed to supplement teaching materials for journalism educators.

  • Special Report

    Mass Shooting in Santa Barbara: Resources

    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.

  • In Depth

    My Maidan: One Journalist's Story

    When journalist Emine Ziyatdinova, a Crimean Tatar, returned to Ukraine earlier this year, she found herself covering a conflict that left one of her friends dead and forced her to conceal her identity. "I loved Ukraine," she said. "But I don't anymore." A Q&A with Alan Chin.

  • In Depth

    Oso's Mudslide: Five Journalists Speak

    On March 22, a massive mudslide washed over Oso, Washington, resulting in the deadliest landslide in United States history. As of this writing, at least 36 are confirmed dead and seven remain unaccounted for. The Dart Center spoke with five journalists about the challenges of covering the tragedy. With photos by Marcus Yam.

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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.