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Dart Center

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is dedicated to improving news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to produce informed, innovative and ethical news reporting, drawing on a global network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers.

The Dart Center’s website provides timely articles, expert interviews, advice for journalists from their peers, tip sheets and resources in English and other languages. The website serves as a multimedia venue for discussion of controversies and breakthroughs in media ethics, trauma science and public policy. More

Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships

Each year the Dart Center brings together distinguished mid-career journalists for an intensive week of seminars about the reporting of traumatic events. More


Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

Established in 1994, the annual Dart Awards recognize exemplary reporting by North American news organizations on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events. More


Dart Centre Europe

Based in London with a major node in Germany, Dart Centre Europe offers journalism training, education and support programs across the continent. More


Dart Centre Asia Pacific

Based in Melbourne, Dart Centre Asia Pacific operates a satellite program in Indonesia and maintains programs and projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. More

Dart Center West

Based at the University of Washington Department of Communication in Seattle, Dart Center West specializes in development of innovative trauma-awareness curricula and educational tools for the journalism classroom, and serves as a base for West Coast Dart Center programs.

Dart Center Research Laboratory

The Dart Center’s research unit, based at the University of Tulsa Department of Psychology, has conducted pioneering peer-reviewed studies on newsrooms and traumatic stress, and encourages wider scientific and scholarly inquiry into the nuances of news coverage of traumatic events.

Seminars and Training Programs

The Dart Center sponsors specialized training and education for working journalists focusing on specific events and issues around the world, ranging from family violence and natural disasters to war, terrorism and civil conflict.

Newsroom Training and Consultation

The Dart Center provides a range of trauma awareness and support to newsrooms around the world, from management and staff briefings to the development of extensive ongoing newsroom training and support programs.

Peer Training and Support

The Dart Center trains working journalists to provide volunteer education to colleagues through professional organizations and newsrooms.

Leadership and Contacts

Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Cait McMahon, Managing Director
Dart Centre Asia Pacific

Gavin Rees, Director
Dart Centre Europe

Elana Newman, Research Director
Dart Center Research Laboratory

Margaret Spratt, Director
Dart Center West

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