This episode of the Resistance podcast tells the story of a nearly six-hour standoff between Derrick Ingram and the NYPD, and explores the harrowing relationship between the police and protestors, and the impact of trauma on those fighting for racial justice and police reform. The judging panel described the piece as "brilliant and revelatory storytelling,” “at turns riveting, enraging, funny, and deeply moving.” They called it “spectacular,” and underscored the way it “depicts a kind of trauma -- menacing situations of indignity and harassment -- that far too many people of color in this country are familiar with.” Originally published by Gimlet and Spotify on October 21, 2020.
Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
The most recent Dart Awards deadline -- Wednesday January 27, 2021 -- has passed.
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.
2021 First Round Judges: Melissa Bailey, freelance journalist; Gina Barton, investigative reporter, USA Today; Jon Collins, class and criminal justice reporter, MPR News; Rachel Dissell, journalist, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, 2008 and 2020 Dart Award winner; Renee Feltz, producer, Democracy Now; Meg Kissinger, Joan Konner Visiting Professor, Columbia Journalism School; Lisa Krantz, staff photographer, San Antonio Express News; Nour Malas, deputy business editor, Los Angeles Times; Naseem Miller, senior health editor, Harvard Kennedy School’s Journalist Resource; Luke Malone, reporter, producer and author; Lizzie Presser, reporter, ProPublica; Eilís Quinn, journalist, Eye on the Arctic; Maryam Saleh, reporter and editor, The Intercept; Liliana Segura, investigative journalist; Brandon Stahl, investigative reporter, KARE-TV Minneapolis and 2019 Dart Award honorable mention; Almudena Toral, executive producer, ProPublica; Cengiz Yar, documentary photographer and photo editor.
2021 Final Judges: Ananda Amstadter PhD, associate professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Human & Molecular Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University; Roberto Lovato, journalist, member of the Writers Grotto, and co-founder of #DignidadLiteraria; Andrea Simakis, independent journalist; Ginger Thompson, chief of correspondents, ProPublica; Susan Meiselas, photographer, Magnum Photo Agency.
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
- May 6, 2021 by Saidu Tejan Thomas, Sarah McVeigh, Bethel Habte, Salifu Sesay Mack, Aaron Randle, Lynn Levy, Lydia Polgreen, Brendan Klinkenberg, Bobby Lord, Catherine Anderson, Michelle Harris
- May 6, 2021 by Peter Prengaman, Raghuram Vadarevu, David Goldman, Matt Sedensky, Samy Magdy, Danica Kirka, Samantha Shotzbarger, Michael Casey, Courtney Bonnell, Lisa Leff, Peter Hamlin, Nat Castañeda, Dario Lopez-Mills
Through the stories of 60 ordinary people across 20 countries, “Lives Lost” captures the scale of the covid-19 crisis, the impact of each death on those left behind, and how trauma has been playing out across communities, countries, and cultures. The judges described "Lives Lost” as an “astonishingly powerful,” “multi-layered” package that “reveals the devastating, global-scale loss that the virus has had on humanity.” The judges also commended AP for its “tremendous institutional commitment” to a “beautiful project of human portraits despite the onslaught of daily news." Originally published by the Associated Press on September 30, 2020.
- May 6, 2021 by Loren Holmes, Kyle Hopkins, Marc Lester, Anne Raup, Michelle Theriault Boots, Agnes Chang, Adriana Gallardo, Nadia Sussman
This project focuses on 29 Alaskan women and men of different races and socio-economic backgrounds seeking to inspire change in Alaska’s justice system, and to de-stigmatize being a survivor of sexual violence. The judges called “Unheard” “exceptional, original journalism” that “puts the voices of survivors at the forefront” and “reimagines how trauma-aware, culturally-sensitive, collaborative reporting can be done.” They applauded the project’s “emphasis on the heterogeneity of sexual violence and trauma” and called the reporting approach “sensitive by design.” Originally published by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica on June 1, 2020.
This story focuses on psychologist Jan Kizilhan, a German of Kurdish Yazidi origin, and recent graduates of his program in Psychotraumatology at the University of Duhok, Iraq who are working with Yazidi children returning to their families after years in ISIS captivity. Judges called the piece “explanatory reporting at its best,” and praised the “equally matched excellence of the writing and photography.” They noted the “lean narrative style that builds momentum with deft pacing and layering of personal and contextual details,” and the “use of different visual techniques to convey in a metaphorical way the emotional inner turmoil of the children.” Originally published in the New York Times Magazine on October 31, 2019.
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Past Honorable Mentions
- May 6, 2021 by Libor Jany, Anna Boone, Maya Rao, Mark Vancleave, Jennifer Bjorhus, Aaron Lavinsky, Andy Mannix, Carlos Gonzalez
Judges called the coverage of the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath "outstanding" and applauded the team for “helping readers understand that trauma doesn’t end easily or soon, but when addressed properly, it can become a catalyst for major change.” They described the long-form narrative, “George Floyd’s Search for Salvation” as “gripping” and “powerful” “where a symbol and a martyr became a man,” and called it “the definitive George Floyd story.” Originally published by The Star Tribune between May and December, 2020.
- May 6, 2021 by Patricia Clarembaux, Lorena Arroyo, Almudena Toral, Inés García Ramos, Andrea Patiño Contreras, Mauricio Rodriguez Pons
This investigation and multimedia project examines the Trump administration’s 'Remain in Mexico’ policy and its impacts, including the profound mental health effects on people seeking asylum in the U.S. Judges described “Trapped in Mexico” as a "staggering reporting feat" that "balances insightful data with expansive visuals and hard-hitting reporting.” Judges commented on the “unique sensitivity” of the video stories, and applauded the “slow pace of the storytelling, which mirrors the slow pace of the subjects' asylum cases.” Originally published by Univision News Digital on November 19, 2020. En Español.
This piece tells the story of Wyckoff hospital in Brooklyn at the height of the pandemic, the trauma experienced by healthcare workers, and the impact of fear on medical workers, patients, and other hospital personnel. Judges described “Contagion of Fear” as "deeply insightful” and “profoundly affecting” immersive reporting. They praised Shuster for allowing people to “speak for themselves, free of judgment or editorializing," and called Meridith Kohut’s photographs “revelatory without being overly graphic.” Originally published by TIME in June, 2020.
An investigation into the violation of a decades-old Illinois law meant to protect students from being physically restrained or locked away in stark rooms as punishment. Judges described “The Quiet Rooms” as “a tour de force of investigative reporting and accountability journalism.” They called it "exhaustive," "fair," and "outstanding from all angles," applauding the “use of testimony from the protagonists in seclusion" and "situating the issue in both a state context and broader national context." Originally published by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune between November and December 2019.
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More from the Dart Awards
- NBC News' Kate Snow will host this year's Dart Awards ceremony.
- May 6, 2021
The 2021 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma went to The Anchorage Daily News / ProPublica for "Unheard" and to Gimlet / Spotify for "Shake the Room"; the Dart Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Covid-19 Crisis went to the Associated Press for "Lives Lost";
- May 6, 2021
The 2021 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma went to the Anchorage Daily News / ProPublica for "Unheard" and to Gimlet / Spotify for "Shake the Room"; the Dart Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Covid-19 Crisis went to the Associated Press for "Lives Lost"; Honorable mentions went to TIME, Univision News Digital and the Star Tribune.
- December 21, 2020
A panel discussion at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ annual meeting offered an innovative model for interviewing survivors of sexual assault: keep a therapist in the room.
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