Best Practices in Trauma Reporting

Award-winning coverage of any news event – whether or not it involves trauma – often requires the work of more than one person. The Dart Award encourages entrants to consider the team of journalism professionals who contributed to making the story a success. Although the journalist with a byline on the article may get the most credit for the story, the “total package” of a winning article usually includes reporting, photography, headlines, cutlines, graphics, artwork, layout and so forth.

Think of the total package when writing a story about trauma. How will photographs and other images enhance the story? What artwork is needed? What layout and design considerations need to be addressed? A team of media professionals planning and working together can make the difference between a good story and an outstanding story.