The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognize exemplary journalism about the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families and communities. Entries should focus on the experience of victims and survivors as well as contribute to public understanding of trauma-related issues.
The Dart Awards recognize North American newspaper, magazine, online, radio, television, video and multimedia journalism that goes beyond the ordinary in reporting on trauma. Entries may include breaking news, enterprise reporting, single stories, packages of coverage on a single event, cohesive series, local, regional or national television coverage, long-form documentary and online multimedia packages.
Tips for Winning
Judges will consider diversity of media formats in determining winners.
• Portray victims and survivors of trauma with sensitivity and insight.
• Inform readers about the ways individuals react to and cope with emotional trauma.
• Avoid sensationalism, melodrama and portrayal of victims as tragic or pathetic.
• Emphasize victims’ and survivors’ experience rather than the traumatic event itself.