As the unraveling of Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” has demonstrated, the ability to cover trauma with sensitivity and accuracy while telling a compelling story is a tightrope walk that demands deep attention and the capacity to step out of the story when necessary. The Dart Center awards recognize those who are able to do just that.
Thursday the center announced the winners and finalists of its 2015 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. The Baltimore Sun received honorable mention for its “Collateral Damage” series, which looks at the psychological and physical toll a high-crime community exacts on children living there.
DC-area finalists included:
- NPR, for “Ebola Outbreak,” (right) its comprehensive coverage of the Ebola crisis in West Africa
- Stars & Stripes, known more recently for uncovering the truth behind Brian Williams‘ RPG helicopter attack story, was recognized for “Casualties of the Afterwar” a four-part series that looked at the police-shooting death of an Iraq veteran in the context of mental illness and veteran care.
- Washingtonian, for “This is Danny Pearl’s Final Story,” a feature that recounts the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl and the search for his killer.