Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

The next Dart Awards deadline is Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.
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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. 

2020 First Round Judges: Erin Alberty, reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune, and 2017 Dart Award winner; Ted Alcorn, freelance journalist; Lisa Armstrong, Tow Professor, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY; Samantha Broun, radio and multimedia producer, Managing Editor, Transom.org and 2017 Dart Award winner; Gigi Douban, News Director, WBHM Alabama; Susan Kaplan, freelance journalist; Meg Kissinger, Joan Konner Visiting Professor, Columbia Journalism School; Nour Malas, reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Pete Nickeas, reporter, Chicago Tribune; Brian Palmer, freelance journalist; Eilís Quinn, Specialized Reporter, Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International and 2019 Dart Award honorable mention; Miriam Sitz, senior news and web editor, Architectural Record; Brandon Stahl, investigative reporter, KARE-TV Minneapolis and 2019 Dart Award honorable mention; Richard Webster, freelance journalist and 2019 Dart Award winner; Kelly Whalen, senior multimedia producer, KQED.

2020 Final Judges: Ken Armstrong, senior reporter, ProPublica and 2016 Dart Award winner; Ellis Cose, writer and author; Donna DeCesare, Professor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin; Candice Monson, Ph.D. clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology, Ryerson University 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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