Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline February 3, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

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.

Entries should:
• 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.

Notable Winners

1. Harper High School: Parts I and II:

2. Grace Through Grief: A Shattered Family Recovers:

3. Living 9/11:


The judging panel is comprised of distinguished journalists, a victim advocate or similar representative and the president-elect of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Finalists are determined by judging committees comprised of journalists, media experts and Dart Center staff. Judges will select two Dart Award winners.

Monetary/Material Award Details

Two awards of $5,000 will be awarded to winning reporting teams for division among those who contributed to the winning entry. Division shall be according to each team member’s contribution to the winning entry as determined by the executive editor, producer or other responsible lead manager.

Eligibility Requirements

The Dart Awards competition is open to news organizations and independent journalists across North America and U.S. territories. All entries must have been published, aired or broadcast from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. There is a maximum of one entry per newspaper, magazine, website, television station, radio station or independent journalist. Entries that were published or broadcast in languages other than English are eligible, though they must be accompanied by a complete translation or transcript in English or with English subtitles. Radio, television or documentary entries may not exceed 60 minutes in length. Any significant challenge to honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry, such as published letters, corrections, retractions as well as responses by the newspaper or website, should be included with the entry. Standalone, individual blogs are not eligible.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

1) Completed online application and electronic sign off of release waiver by lead reporter, news director, program director, executive director or project supervisor.

2) One to two-page cover letter from the lead reporter of the entry that responds to:

How the topic was first encountered and how it was pursued;

Particular reporting challenges or other special circumstances;

Notable reader response or impact from the work;

If a correction or clarification has been run, or if anyone has challenged the story’s accuracy. (Please explain and include documentation of the situation.)

3) Letter of support from the lead editor, chief producer or project supervisor, if applicable.

4) Your entry (Please follow the instructions below that correspond to the category of your entry):

Newspaper entries: PDF of the full entry (exactly as it appeared in the newspaper) AND live url(s) to the full entry.

Magazine entries: PDF of the full entry AND live url(s) to the full entry.

Newspaper and magazine websites and online-only publications: Live url(s) to the full entry.

Radio: Mp3 file format and/or live url(s) to the full entry. Running time of entry may not exceed 60 minutes.

Television, film and video: .mov file format and/or live url(s) to the full entry. Running time of entry may not exceed 60 minutes.

Multimedia: Live url(s) to the full entry.

For entries that include elements from more than one of the above categories, please follow the instructions corresponding to each relevant category.

Entry Format

Submissions for this form are closed for 2015.

All entries must be submitted online. However, if the electronic file size exceeds 50 MB, it should be submitted via WeTransfer or Dropbox to [email protected]. If the electronic file size exceeds 2 GB, submissions may be sent via regular mail or express post to:

Dart Center – Columbia Journalism School 2950 Broadway, Room 303 New York, NY 10027

If you require special accommodation regarding submission of your entry, please contact Kate Black


Contact Information

Kate Black:
Associate Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
[email protected]

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