Dart Awards

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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. 

2019 First Round Judges: Elizabeth Aguilera, health and welfare reporter, CALmatters; Laila Al-Arian, Executive Producer, Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English; Gina Barton, investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Samantha Broun, radio and multimedia producer, Managing Editor, Transom.org and 2017 Dart Award winner; Lisa Cohen, filmmaker and Director of Professional Prizes, Columbia Journalism School; Kerry Donahue, Director of Training, PRX.org; Marguerite Holloway, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Science & Environmental Journalism, Columbia Journalism School; Maggie Jones, contributing writer, New York Times Magazine; Azmat Khan, contributing writer, New York Times Magazine, James Madison Visiting Professor, Columbia Journalism School and 2018 Dart Award honorable mention; Peter Klein, Director, International Reporting Project; Jina Moore, freelance journalist; and Christopher Sherman, correspondent, Associated Press and 2016 Dart Award winner.

2019 Final Judges: Ann Cooper, Professor Emerita, Columbia Journalism School; Melissa del Bosque, investigative reporter, ProPublica and 2015 Dart Award winner; John Woodrow Cox, enterprise reporter, The Washington Post and 2018 Dart Award winner; June Cross, documentary filmmaker and Professor, Columbia Journalism School; Ashley Gilbertson, photographer and writer; and Debra Kaysen, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, and President-elect, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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; Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; 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

Past Award Winners

Past Honorable Mentions

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