The devastation of Haiti has captured the world's attention. Wouldn't it be great to say 'thank you' to the people who've brought us the news and put a human face on what's happening on that tiny island nation?
The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma is one way you can do just that. It's open to all North American news media. And the deadline is Friday, January 29, 2010.
The Dart Awards, which carry a $5,000 prize, honor exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster, and other traumatic events on individuals, families, or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues. It's the only journalism award that recognizes compassionate, ethical, and innovative reporting in the aftermath of violence, conflict, and tragedy.
This year the Dart Awards have expanded from newspapers and radio to invite entries from North American television, online-only news publications (like HuffPo), web-based productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.
If there's a journalist or a news organization you think should be recognized, encourage him/her/them to apply. Feel free to contact the Dart Center to tell them about your pick. Or share your thoughts by commenting on this post.
Dart Award winners, honorable mentions and finalists will be announced in April 2010. Travel and hotel expenses for winners to attend a ceremony at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will be covered by the Dart Center.
Full Dart Awards application guidelines are here. Please take a few minutes to give a shout out to your favourite storyteller -- the unsung heroes of this New Radical movement (New Radicals are people who are putting skills acquired in their careers to work on the world's greatest challenges, for more, please see archived articles). And it doesn't have to be someone who's reporting on Haiti. Any of the world's trouble spots qualify.
Julia Moulden is on tour, talking about the New Radicals.
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