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The Art of Trauma Reporting: Pulitzer Prize Winners Reflect

In the summer of 2016, in advance of a two-day conference commemorating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize, Dart Center researchers interviewed 10 Pulitzer Prize winners from the past 20 years who were honored for their coverage of traumatic events or investigative reporting on trauma-related issues. Navigate through sections of this article to find pieces by: Alex Hannaford, who wrote on the relationship between Pulitzer winners and their sources, and on the impact of Charles Porter's 1996 Prize-winning photo; Elana Newman, who gathered advice from honorees on best practices in trauma reporting, and created teaching notes for the classroom with Matthew Ricketson and Autumn Slaughter; Matthew Ricketson, who also wrote a conference recap for those who could not be in attendance.

Hacking Scandal Returns: Should Journos Care?

The NewsCorp phone-hacking scandal is generating new headlines, with allegations that CEO James Murdoch knew more than he testified last month. Does the controversy have wider implications for journalists?

The "Wall Effect" in Covering Victims

Most journalists face an inevitability in their careers: They must cover a tragedy and interview people who are pinned against a wall of grief. The wall blocks the victims from seeing that their lives may improve tomorrow. They only see who's in front of them and feel the pain of that moment.

A Victim's View

With tears rolling down her face, Sarah King Fortney began slowly reading a prepared statement that struck me almost immediately with this sentence: "The pain that I felt wasn’t for a headline, but for the loss of my husband, and the loss of so many other innocent people."