The Ochberg Fellowship is currently on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic and we will not be holding the program in 2021.
Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is a great challenge. The Dart Center offers several fellowships that educate journalists on core issues of trauma science and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and challenges in the field. In addition, Dart fellowships equip journalists to approach and interview victims and survivors with greater knowledge, sensitivity, skill and success; understand the complexity of trauma survivors' experiences; tell more insightful, multi-dimensional and nuanced stories about trauma and those impacted directly or indirectly and make better, more ethical news choices when covering traumatic events.
Click here for a list of all past fellows.
The Ochberg Fellowships, our flagship global program, is a unique seminar that brings together journalists from around the world who wish to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy for a week of seminars and conversations. Since 1999 the Ochberg Fellowships have supported more than 200 journalists from 25 countries. Named in honor of Frank Ochberg, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and a pioneering figure in the definition and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, Stockholm Syndrome and other responses to violence and trauma, the Ochberg Fellowship program includes briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.
The biennial Asia Pacific Fellowships offer seasoned journalists and their editors from the Asia-Pacific region a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. The five-day programme, most recently based in Fiji, combines briefings, seminars and conversations by leading experts in the trauma and journalism fields with peer-to-peer discussions on the many challenges of covering tragedy and violence.
From 2011-2013 the Dart Center ran an annual fellowship program to provide in-depth training to journalism educators. Fellows came together for four days of seminars on journalism craft, practice and teaching, and then undertook individual projects that aimed to bring these learnings back to their classrooms. The program is currently on hiatus.
More from the Dart Fellowships
- The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is launching a project-based virtual fellowship exclusively for alumni of our Early Childhood Development Journalism Initiative, with a focus on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on young children’s growth, development and wellbeing, as well as related topics.
- In New York City, the Ochberg Fellowship will bring together journalists from around the world seeking to deepen their coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy, ranging from street crime and family violence to natural disasters, war and genocide.
- April 15, 2019
The Dart Center has announced the recipients of the 2019 Ochberg Fellowship, a program that deepens journalists' reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. This year’s Fellows include outstanding senior and mid-career journalists in all media, representing six continents.
- November 19, 2018
The Ochberg Fellowship, now in its 20th year, is the Dart Center's flagship program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. The next fellowship will take place July 22-27, 2019. The application deadline has passed.
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