Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

The most recent Dart Awards deadline -- Wednesday January 27, 2021 -- has passed.
Entry guidelines. 

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.

Read more about the 2021 Final Judging Committee here

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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