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 Immigrants & Refugees
- The Dart Center Style Guide for Trauma-Informed Journalism
- Story Ideas: Trauma Journalism in the Time of Coronavirus
- Reporting and Covid-19: Tips for Journalists
- Tips for Covering Immigrant Populations: A Nonprofit's Perspective
- Tips for Covering New Immigrant Populations with Trauma or Mental Health Issues
- View all Immigrants & Refugees Tip Sheets
- June 22, 2021 by Isobel Thompson
- May 6, 2021 by Patricia Clarembaux, Lorena Arroyo, Almudena Toral, Inés García Ramos, Andrea Patiño Contreras, Mauricio Rodriguez Pons
This investigation and multimedia project examines the Trump administration’s 'Remain in Mexico’ policy and its impacts, including the profound mental health effects on people seeking asylum in the U.S. Judges described “Trapped in Mexico” as a "staggering reporting feat" that "balances insightful data with expansive visuals and hard-hitting reporting.” Judges commented on the “unique sensitivity” of the video stories, and applauded the “slow pace of the storytelling, which mirrors the slow pace of the subjects' asylum cases.” Originally published by Univision News Digital on November 19, 2020. En Español.
- April 16, 2020 by Susan Kaplan
Tips and tools to report safely and effectively during the coronavirus pandemic, updated regularly following Dart Center webinars.
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