A standard operating procedure (S.O.P.) is a device for building a systematic approach to a task. This guide goes through a series of structured steps for how to craft a personalised workflow for handling graphic content that depicts death, injury, and other violations.
Resources for Tip Sheets, Featured Articles
An overview of current research on the occupational hazards for journalists covering traumatic events, the risk factors that aggravate those effects, and some suggestions for mitigating those factors. Originally published by River Smith and Elana Newman in January, 2009; Updated by Susan Drevo in May, 2016, and by Autumn Slaughter in March, 2019.
Media coverage of suicide is a public health issue. In addition to judging whether a story is newsworthy, journalists need to be aware that their reporting can have wider impacts, not just on relatives and friends of the deceased, but also on readers and audiences. Dart Centre Europe has released a new, comprehensive tip sheet for journalists on covering suicide.
Following our workshop, “Covering Immigrants & Refugees,” the Dart Center caught up with speakers Cindy Carcamo, Michael Matza, Gary Pierre-Pierre, and Maria Sacchetti, who spoke about linguistic issues, identity protection, and how the immigration beat has changed, while sharing invaluable tips for working journalists.
Consejos de cuidado personal para trabajadores de medios de comunicación expuestos a eventos traumáticos
A Spanish-language version of a tip sheet on journalist self-care from Dart Centre Asia Pacific.
This tipsheet, building on the 2011 Dart Center workshop "Out of the Shadows: Reporting on Intimate Partner Violence," advises reporters on writing more accurate and effective stories.
Report on both sides of the conflict, but don't get caught in the middle; know your exit route at all times; remain engaged but detached. News professionals offer insights to reporters and photojournalists on best practices when reporting on volatile confrontations.
As local and national journalists scramble to make sense of a mass shooting that leaves a U.S. Congresswoman grievously wounded and six dead – including a federal judge – resources from the Dart Center's archive offer guidance to reporters in the field and managers in the newsroom.
Sacramento State Hornet student journalists were among the first to arrive at the scene where a California State University, Sacramento, student was beaten to death and his alleged assailant was shot by police. In this video produced by photojournalist Brian Feulner, four editors recall their actions and reactions in covering the tragic event.