This past weekend I flew out to Indianapolis for a birthday party: the 10th anniversary of the Dart Center’s Ochberg Fellows program. The Dart Society — made up of alumni of the fellowship along with winners of the Dart Award — organized an extraordinary reunion for the occasion, alongside the annual Society for Professional Journalists conference.
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Here at the Dart Center we focus on coverage of violence and its aftermath. Usually that means better understanding the role of emotional injury in the lives of individuals or communities.
But sometimes the story is exactly the opposite: What happens when individuals and communities, whose lives have been thwarted and voices diminished by trauma and fear, find creative ways to assert their rights and aspirations?
When should news stories label interrogation practices torture?
That question arises from the Obama administration’s release of Bush administration legal memos endorsing - and precisely describing – the brutal abuse of "high-value" detainees. Never before has a president taken such an initiative in releasing basic documents about human rights abuses by the executive branch.
Old friends of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma have probably noticed an important change: a new university affiliation. The Dart Center is now a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
Welcome to the new online home of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma!
Over the last 18 months, we've redesigned, rebuilt, and reconceived DartCenter.org as a state-of-the-art resource center, think tank and platform for coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy the world over.
This makeover of DartCenter.org comes with journalism itself in upheaval. Journalists who cover street crime and courts, family violence, war, disasters or human rights now are squeezed between the 24 hour news cycle and an industry in economic crisis ...
"Let's hold hands to show we are united." Though the image above was taken by photojournalist Donna DeCesare, the idea behind it came from this spontaneous thought from one of the image's "protagonists" (a term DeCesare prefers to "subject"). Nancy and her six younger siblings were displaced by three days of torture and killings by paramilitaries that left more than 40 villagers dead in El Salado, Colombia in the year 2000. Though it would be dangerous for them to reveal their faces or full names, through DeCesare's unique collaborative approach, they were able to choose, creatively and expressively, how they would be seen.