Dart Awards

Since 1994, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma have recognized exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime and other traumatic events on individuals, families and communities. Spotlighting the experiences of victims and survivors, Dart Award winners make significant contributions to public understanding of trauma-related issues. Past winners include some of the world’s best-known news organizations as well as small community outlets.

The Dart Awards are open to newspaper, magazine, online, radio, television, video and multimedia journalism from North America that goes beyond the ordinary in reporting on trauma. Two $5,000 cash prizes are awarded each year. 

2018 First Round Judges: Issac Bailey, journalist and author; Jessica Benko, print and radio journalist; Lisa Cohen, Director of Prizes, duPont-Columbia Awards; Tom Gorman, Executive Editor, Retired, Las Vegas Sun; Sally Herships, Director, Columbia Journalism School Radio Program; Abigail Jones, Senior Writer, Newsweek; Tara McKelvey, White House Reporter, BBC News; Finbarr O'Reilly, author and photojournalist; Shoshana Walter, Reporter, Reveal; David Wood, Military Reporter, The Huffington Post, author and 2015 Dart Award winner.

2018 Final Judges: Erin Alberty, Reporter, Salt Lake Tribune and 2017 Dart Award winner; Melissa del Bosque, Investigative Reporter, Texas Observer and 2015 Dart Award winner; Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Kerry Donahue; Director of Training, PRX; Patrick Farrell, Professor of Journalism, Emerson College; Julian Ford, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law.

Past judges include: Ana Arana, Director, Fundacion MEPI and 2013 Dart Award winner; John Barth, Managing Director, Public Radio Exchange (PRX); David Boardman, Dean, Temple University School of Media and Communication; Lori Grinker, Documentary Photographer, Kenny Irby, Senior Faculty, The Poynter Institute; Miranda Olff Ph.D., Professor, AMC/University of Amsterdam and past president, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); Sacha Pfeiffer, Investigative Reporter, The Boston Globe; Glenn Smith, Projects Editor, The Post and Courier and 2015 Dart Award winner; Sarah Stillman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; and Alisa Solomon, Professor, Columbia Journalism School

Click here for entry guidelines. The entry deadline for the 2018 Dart Awards has passed.

Past Award Winners

Past Honorable Mentions

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