2012 Dart Awards Open for Entries

Since 1994, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma have honored innovative, ethical and effective reporting on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, focusing on the experiences of victims and survivors and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues.

In 2009, the competition broadened its original focus from newspaper and radio journalism to include work from the full spectrum of news media. The awards now also accept submissions from North American television, online-only news publications, web-based productions, independent film and video productions, magazines and magazine websites.

The public is certainly more aware now than it was in 1994 of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and the Dart Awards competition furthers that awareness by encouraging media coverage that goes beyond simple narratives about victims’ suffering and healing to more nuanced reporting that grapples with the complexity of trauma.

The Dart Awards are judged by an interdisciplinary panel of journalists, mental health professionals, victims and victim advocates. The Dart Awards remains a team prize, recognizing and rewarding news organizations that make the special commitment necessary to produce this extraordinary journalism.

This year, judges will once again select up to four award winners. Applications are due on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST.

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