Dart Research

The Dart Center’s research unit, based at the University of Tulsa Department of Psychology, has undertaken pioneering peer-reviewed studies on newsrooms and traumatic stress, and encourages scientific and scholarly inquiry into the impact of news coverage of traumatic events.

Led by Dart Research Director Elana Newman, the University of Tulsa team manages the definitive bibliographic database of scholarly articles on the intersection of journalism and trauma.

Research priorities include:

  • Occupational risk and stress experienced by journalists across all beats and mediums;
  • Journalism craft choices and their impact on story subjects, news consumers and journalists themselves;
  • PTSD news coverage and its effects on public opinion and public health;
  • How news is framed, and its influence on consumers’ knowledge, perceptions and opinions;
  • Factors that promote journalist resiliency and well-being.

More from the Research Center

  • Children: coverage, images and interviews

    How should we handle reporting about children who are accused of committing crimes? What about children who are the victims of crimes, or witnesses to crimes? This resource from ONA Ethics offers some useful guidance.

  • Guidelines for journalists reporting on children

    Media reporting on children and young people should never put them at risk. UNICEF has developed principles and guidelines to help journalists report on children’s issues in a way that enables them to serve the public interest without compromising the rights of children.

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