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DART CENTER FELLOWSHIPS TO IMPROVE COVERAGE OF TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE

In the aftermath of the 12 May earthquake in China, many radio reports coming out of Sichuan province featured journalists who were outwardly distraught. Should reporters express emotion and personal experiences when covering crises? The Dart Center is offering at least six expense-paid fellowships to answer this question and to help journalists improve coverage of trauma and violence. Applications are due on 30 July.

The Ochberg Fellowships are designed to help mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their understanding of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violent events, such as crime, natural disasters and war.

The fellowships are open to print and broadcast reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience. Most fellows are from the Americas; others are selected by the Dart Center's regional programmes in Europe and Australasia.

This year's programme takes place in Chicago, Illinois from 11 to 15 November. Fellows will attend a two-day seminar on the role emotional trauma plays in coverage of violent events and then go to the annual conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

For more details and application forms (available in English and Spanish), see: http://www.dartcenter.org/fellowships/

Also visit ISSTS: http://www.istss.org

(2 July 2008)

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