Deadline: 11 October 2013
Open to: print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ full-time journalism experience
Fellowship: covers all travel, accommodations and other expenses directly related to program participation
The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events — on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is a great challenge. Since 1999 the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has offered the annual Ochberg Fellowships to outstanding journalists interested in exploring these critical issues.
Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars and discussions held on 20-25 January 2014 at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding mid-career journalists working across all media. Applicants’ work must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong track record of covering violence and its impact on individuals, families or communities.
Fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ full-time journalism experience. All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.
The Ochberg Fellowship covers all travel, accommodations and other expenses directly related to program participation. The program does not cover costs related to health insurance or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.
To apply fill in the online application by 11 October 2013. Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship core faculty and past Fellows. The judging committee will review applications and select 10-15 fellows for 2013. Selected fellows will be notified in mid-November.