This style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.
Resources for Tip Sheets, Self-Care & Peer Support
The following tips are some safety considerations for journalists and editors. Among issues to consider are potential mass casualty assaults on infrastructure or places where many people gather, as well as planned assassinations on politicians or other public figures.
You are reporting on an important story with wide ranging personal and national impacts. It is important you understand and prepare for what are likely to be testing circumstances. Do not underestimate these multi-faceted challenges.
Online abuse and harassment come in many forms, from borderline incivility all the way up to systematic attacks that are engineered to inflict real psychological harm. This guide offers some thoughts on managing their potential impact.
Following the attack on the U.S. Capitol, more than 25,000 National Guard were deployed ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. In anticipation of hostility or unrest, the Dart Center has compiled a host of resources that can help journalists and newsrooms as they take steps to prepare for what could be a volatile day, or period.
Covering civil unrest can be frightening and dangerous. A crowd may turn violent with little warning and police can target journalists or mistake them for rabble rousers. It’s particularly challenging to maintain social distancing during a riot, so take extra precautions to stay on the edge for quick exit. Bring extra masks, gloves and sanitizer for gear.
Tips and tools to report safely and effectively during the coronavirus pandemic, updated regularly following Dart Center webinars.
A tip sheet for journalists and newsroom managers on dealing with online hate speech and harassment. Click here for a Spanish version.
This tip sheet, drawing on interviews with nine leading women in journalism and other sources, offers strategies for recognizing, mitigating and addressing sexual harassment and other predatory behavior while reporting. It is not exhaustive, and is not a substitute for discussing challenging situations with colleagues.