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Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in Journalism and Trauma

 

The application deadline for this year's Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in Journalism and Trauma is October 1. 

Reporting responsibly and credibly on the aftermath of violence and traumatic events — whether street crime or family violence, natural disasters or institutional abuses, war or genocide — is a special challenge. The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship, one of our flagship programs, is designed for senior and mid-career journalists who wish
to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Fellows attend a week-long seminar program at Columbia University in New York City, including briefings by leading experts in the trauma field and in-depth discussions with journalist colleagues.

The Ochberg Fellowship has lasting impact. 2010 Fellow Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting, acclaimed for his exposés of neglect of America's combat veterans, puts it like this: "Since the Ochberg fellowship, my writing has become clearer, with fewer clichés and more telling details, and my story selection has moved away from heart-wrenching but ultimately empty narratives and towards holding the government accountable for its failures to care for those who served...I have kept in touch with many of the other journalists from my fellowship class, and I regularly seek their advice when difficult emotional terrain must be tackled in my coverage. The camaraderie of our group is amazing."

This year's week-long Ochberg Fellowship seminar will take place January, 17-22, 2015 at Columbia Journalism School. Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online and reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience.

Details and applications are available online at http://dartcenter.org/content/applications-open-2014-ochberg-fellowship.


The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Whether the topic is street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war or human rights, effective news reporting on traumatic events demands knowledge, skill and support. The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet this challenge, drawing on a global, interdisciplinary network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers.