Seamus Kelters, who died suddenly on September 27, 2017, was an influential chronicler of Northern Ireland’s civil conflict and co-author of Lost Lives: The Story of the Men, Women and Children Who Died As A Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles. An early Dart Center Ochberg Fellow, he played a central role in the evolution of trauma-aware journalism. We asked several friends and colleagues for remembrances of Seamus and his work. Below, reflections and recollections by Susan McKay, Scott North, Donna DeCesare, Frank Ochberg, Joe Hight, Elana Newman, Gavin Rees and Bruce Shapiro. Scroll down for excerpts, and click to the right to read the full pieces.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is extending the deadline for this year’s Ochberg Fellowships to Friday September 29, in recognition of the unprecedented impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as this week’s catastrophic Mexican earthquake, on large numbers of journalists in North America and the Caribbean.
Everybody will end up losing if hate speech is left unchecked.
From the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, this guide presents evidence that media reports about suicide can enhance or weaken suicide prevention efforts.
Covering terrorism presents myriad challenges for journalists. How can stories of victims and survivors contribute to the public's understanding of current issues while treating those left reeling with dignity and respect? What responsibility do journalists have in helping audiences understand the motivations of a perpetrator of violence? Here, three experts offer advice on covering traumatic experiences as they relate to radicalisation and terrorism.
Hurricane Irma, the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade, tore through the Florida Keys and continued its march north on Monday. Please consult our tips and resources on covering disaster and recovery, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with reporters exposed to traumatic events.
Congratulations to the 2017 Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellows as they kick off a week-long program of journalism and trauma-focused seminars in Fiji August 28.
Journalists are increasingly being targeted through their email. Virtually every hack of an individual reporter or entire news organization starts with a relatively simple attack: phishing and spear phishing. Prepare yourself for this eventuality with this e-mail hygiene guide from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
The Ochberg Fellowship, now in its 19th year, is the Dart Center's flagship program for veteran and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Applications for the 2018 program are closed.