The Dart Center offers a range of educational, training and consultation services worldwide, developed in collaboration with leading trauma experts and news professionals. These include seminars focused on trauma and journalism reporting, newsroom management, specific news events and issues; on-site newsroom briefings and consultations; development of customized ongoing training and peer-support programs; and training trainers.
Our training is guided by the following values and approaches:
Evidence-based trauma awareness practices and professional journalism standards that are rooted in the day-to-day reality of newsrooms; trauma awareness embedded in ethical and craft approaches to trauma affected individuals, families and communities.
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.
Clients and partners include: ABC (Australia), BBC (UK), Bournemouth University Media School (UK), Canadian Forum on Journalism and Trauma (Canada), Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School, University of Washington (U.S.A.), Committee to Protect Journalists (USA), Digital First Media (USA), DW-AKADEMIE (Germany), Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Colombia), Frontline Club (UK), 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), National Union of Journalists - Philippines, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (USA), Rory Peck Trust (UK), Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (USA), Russian Union of Journalists (Russia), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), Yayasan Pulih (Indonesia), among others.
More from Dart Trainings
- At the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Dart Center will host small-group interactive exercises; Q&A's; teaching on trauma in non-Western and Western cultures; and self-care tips from seasoned investigative reporters and Dart Center staff, including Ismail Einashe, Patricia Evangelista, Cait McMahon, Elana Newman, Amantha Perera, Gavin Rees and Bruce Shapiro.
- Presented by Australian Red Cross and the Sydney Centre for International Law, this symposium will help explore your role in ending impunity for war crimes, and discover how IHL can help you report safely from conflict zones. Seminars will also look at how citizen journalists and mobile videos can change the course of a conflict; the implications of ‘fake news’; and whether good reporting can lead to improved compliance with the laws of war.
- Surviving in Body and Mind is a restorative training retreat for conflict correspondents that took place at the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. The retreat was generously funded by a grant from the IWMF.
- The Dart Center is offering an intensive four-day crisis zone reporting course at Columbia Journalism School to prepare journalists to work safely and effectively in volatile situations such as war, conflict and disaster zones. The course emphasizes risk assessment and harm prevention. Partial scholarships will be awarded to a select number of freelance journalists courtesy of the Rory Peck Trust. The application deadline has passed.
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