This style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.
Resources on Sexual Violence
- Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict
- Trauma-Informed Victim Interviewing
- Witness: See It, Film It, Change It - Working with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence
- Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence
- Intimate Partner Violence Facts & Resources
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- June 22, 2021 by Isobel Thompson
- May 27, 2021
Dart Centre Europe has released new guidelines on covering sexual violence in conflict zones, designed for deeper learning, quick reference and easy sharing with colleagues. The guidelines aim to encourage accurate and insightful reporting, while also reducing the risk of further harm to those brave enough to tell their stories. You can access the guidelines here.
- May 6, 2021 by Loren Holmes, Kyle Hopkins, Marc Lester, Anne Raup, Michelle Theriault Boots, Agnes Chang, Adriana Gallardo, Nadia Sussman
This project focuses on 29 Alaskan women and men of different races and socio-economic backgrounds seeking to inspire change in Alaska’s justice system, and to de-stigmatize being a survivor of sexual violence. The judges called “Unheard” “exceptional, original journalism” that “puts the voices of survivors at the forefront” and “reimagines how trauma-aware, culturally-sensitive, collaborative reporting can be done.” They applauded the project’s “emphasis on the heterogeneity of sexual violence and trauma” and called the reporting approach “sensitive by design.” Originally published by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica on June 1, 2020.
- December 21, 2020
A panel discussion at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ annual meeting offered an innovative model for interviewing survivors of sexual assault: keep a therapist in the room.
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