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Deadline Passed: 2020 Dart Awards

The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honor innovative, ethical and effective reporting of violence, trauma and tragedy across all media platforms. Judges will make two awards, each carrying a $5,000 cash prize. The submission deadline -- January 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST -- has passed.

Journalist Traumatic Exposure Scale

Designed for researchers, this document aims to explain how to evaluate and use the Journalist Traumatic Exposure Scale in research studies. The language is simplified such to be useful to most beginning researchers who are familiar with basics in psychometric concepts, ANOVAs and regression analysis in research design.

Occupational Distress in Factual TV

This report is the first to map in detail the risks that traumatic stress and moral injury pose to those working in documentary and factual TV. In releasing it, the Dart Centre is calling for informed policies around the management of traumatic content, greater awareness of mental health, and more attention on ethical and emotional challenges of working with vulnerable contributors. 

Covering Hurricanes: Resources for Journalists

The National Hurricane Center has warned of the danger of life-threatening storm surges along hundreds of miles of the United States southeast coast in the coming days. Please consult our tips and resources on covering disaster and recovery, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with reporters exposed to traumatic events.

2019 Dart Awards: Roundtable Discussion Transcript

This year's Dart Awards went to Michigan Radio for two episodes of "Believed" and to NOLA.com | The Times Picayune for "The Children of Central City." Honorable mentions went to Radio Canada International – Eye on the Arctic and to The Star Tribune. The 2019 winners' roundtable featured Eilís​ Quinn, Reporter, Radio Canada International – Eye on the Arctic; Brandon Stahl, Reporter, The Star Tribune; Richard Webster, Investigative Reporter, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune; and Kate Wells, Reporter, Michigan Radio. A lightly edited discussion transcript is now available.

Denied Justice

This deeply reported multimedia project explores the failure of Minnesota’s policing and courts to serve rape and sexual assault victims. Judges called “Denied Justice” an “exceedingly thorough investigative reporting triumph" that makes an "enormous contribution to public service." They commended the series' "incredible depth" that touched everything from "decisions around anonymity to the scope of interviews, from expert sourcing to the wide range of angles explored." Originally published by the Star Tribune between July and December, 2018.

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