Dart Training

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma offers a range of educational, training and consultation services to news organizations and journalism-related nonprofits worldwide. Developed in collaboration with leading trauma experts and news professionals, Dart Center newsroom trainings are available on a range of topics including:

  • Trauma-aware reporting on vulnerable individuals and communities
  • Self-care and resilience for trauma-exposed news professionals
  • Leadership strategies and duty of care: Managing trauma and stress on news teams
  • Handling graphic imagery
  • Planning for mass-casualty coverage
  • Peer support for news organizations
  • Managing online abuse and threat

We offer both on-site and remote newsroom briefings and consultations, and can help to develop a customized program for your newsroom or team.

Dart Center training is guided by the following values and approaches:

  • Evidence-informed trauma awareness and resilience practices drawing on current science and lessons from other trauma-facing professions
  • The highest standards of journalism ethics and craft
  • Awareness of the impact of trauma on journalists and newsrooms, mitigated by simple approaches to peer support and management tactics for dealing with trauma exposure. 

Training covers:

  • What to expect; how to monitor how staff are holding up; building resilience in the face of undertaking very difficult stories; how to care for staff and mitigate the impact that traumatic events they cover could have on them directly.

  • Newsroom planning and protocols before, during and after traumatic events.

  • Language to talk about trauma; training so newsroom managers and staff can be resources to one another

  • Management techniques for managing and supporting staff under stress

Clients and partners include: Associated Press (USA), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia), British Broadcasting Corporation (UK), Bournemouth University Media School (UK), Buzzfeed (USA), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada) Canadian Forum on Journalism and Trauma (Canada), Center for Global Studies, Center for Investigative Reporting (USA), Henry M. Jackson School, University of Washington (USA), Committee to Protect Journalists (USA), Data Minr (USA), Digital First Media (USA), DW-AKADEMIE (Germany), Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Colombia), Frontline Club (UK), Gannett (USA), Global Investigative Journalism Network (USA), Human Rights Watch (USA), Institute for War and Peace Reporting (UK), International News Safety Institute (UK), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (USA), Investigative Reporters and Editors (USA), KQED (USA), Los Angeles Times (USA), Minnesota Star Tribune (USA), National Public Radio (USA), National Union of Journalists (Philippines), New Hampshire Public Radio (USA), New York Public Radio (USA), NBC (USA), Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (USA), NPR (USA), Orlando Sentinel (USA), Patch (USA), Philadelphia Inquirer (USA), ProPublica (USA), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (USA), Rory Peck Trust (UK), Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (USA), Russian Union of Journalists (Russia), Seattle Times (USA), Southern California Public Radio (USA), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), The Atlantic (USA), Times-Picayune (USA), Twitter (USA), Voice of San Diego (USA), Wall Street Journal (USA), WAMU (USA), WCCO-Minneapolis (USA), WBBM-Chicago (USA), WBUR (USA), and Yayasan Pulih (Indonesia).

If you are interested in setting up a training for your newsroom or organization, contact [email protected].

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