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Dart to honor exceptional reporting on trauma
POSTED BY || 12 November 2010

Dart to accept entries until Dec. 31


The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has started accepting entries for the 2011 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.

In a press statement, the Dart Center called on media outfits to submit reports and articles that have tackled the impact of traumatic situations such as crimes and disasters, and have contributed to public understanding of trauma-related issues.

A cash prize of $5,000 will be given to up to four entries under the following categories:  newspapers (print or online edition); magazines (print or online edition); online-only news publications; network and nationally distributed cable programs; small, medium and major market television stations; independent productions; local and national radio; and web-based productions.

Entries must sensitively portray victims and survivors of trauma, inform readers about how people react to cope with trauma, avoid sensationalized and melodramatic portrayal of victims, and focus on victims’ and survivors’ traumatic experience over the event itself.

Media outfits must submit entries that have been published, aired or broadcast from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010.  Outfits may send a maximum of one entry. Entries published or broadcast in other languages will be accepted, provided they either have complete translation or transcript in English, or English subtitles.

The awards committee specified the requirements, which include an application form, a cover letter and copies of the entries, at the Dart Awards Guidelines page.

The Dart Center said judges include distinguished journalists, a victim advocate or similar representative and the president-elect of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Enrties must be submitted to the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, Room 303, New York , NY 10027. Inquiries regarding the contest may be sent to Kate Black, Dart Center’s assistant director of programs.

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