2012 Dart Award Guidelines
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 and should 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.
The Dart Awards are team prizes, reflecting all the elements shaping an entry and contributing to its strength. Entries will be judged as a total package.
Dart Award-winning teams receive prizes of $5,000. Winners, honorable mentions and finalists will be announced in late April 2012. Travel and hotel expenses for winners to attend an awards ceremony at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York will be covered by the Dart Center. We invite you to submit entries in the following categories:
• Newspapers and newspaper websites
• Magazines and magazine websites
• Online-only news publications
• Network and nationally distributed cable programs
• Small, medium and major market television stations
• Independent productions
• Local and national radio
• Web-based productions
The Dart Awards competition is open to all North American and U.S. territories news media outlets. All entries must have been published, aired or broadcast from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011. There is a maximum of one entry per newspaper, magazine, website, television or radio station or independent producer. Entries that were published or broadcast in languages other than English are eligible, as long as they are accompanied by a complete translation or transcript in English or English subtitles. Radio, television or documentary entries may be no longer than two hours 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.
Up to four $5,000 prizes will be given to winning reporting teams for division among those who contributed to the winning entry. Division shall be according to each member’s contribution to the winning entry as determined by the executive editor, producer or other responsible lead manager.
Team members entitled to share in the prize include reporters, photographers, copy editors, graphic artists and editors who acted as team leaders as well as any other staff members who assisted in the creation of the entry and are listed on the application form.
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 screening committees chosen by the staff of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Judges may select up to four Dart Award winners, but reserve the right to select fewer or declare no winner. Judges shall consider diversity of media formats in distributing up to four awards.
• 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.
Proper submission of the entry is essential. If entries do not include all required materials, they will be disqualified. All entries must include:
1) Completed application and release form with signature of news director, program director, executive editor or project supervisor. This form is available for download at the top of this page.
2) One to two-page cover letter 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) Please follow the instructions below that correspond to the category of your entry:
• Newspaper entries: Two full-page tear sheets or full-size, full-page photocopies of entry and one CD with PDF of entry.
• Magazine entries: Two originals of the article or series and one CD with PDF of entry.
• Newspaper and magazine websites and online-only publications: Live URL and two CDs or DVDs of entry.
• Radio: two CDs of entry in mp3 format.
• Television, film and video: six DVDs of entry.
• Multimedia: six CDs or DVDs of entry.
4) A CD with a Microsoft Word document or PDF of the cover letter.
Please note: No covers, binders, plastic pages, or other presentation materials.
Entries must be received in our office no later than Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. E.S.T. Late entries including those postmarked on the deadline date will not be accepted.
Send entries to:
Dart Awards – Attention: Kate Black
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027
For more information, email Kate Black, Assistant Director of Programs, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
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