Deadline: February 6, 2019.
The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for veteran and mid-career journalists who wish 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 major challenge. Since 1999 the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has brought together outstanding journalists from around the world to explore critical issues around news coverage of the conflict, trauma, and tragedy.
Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars held 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 practice, and a variety of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship Eligibility.
- The Ochberg Fellowships are open to outstanding journalists (with at least five years of experience) working across all media.
- Past Fellows have ranged from small-town and regional general-assignment and crime reporters to war photographers and foreign correspondents for international news organizations. 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 digital reporters, photographers, editors, and producers with at least five years of professional journalism experience are eligible to apply. Approximately half of the Fellows will be based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East.
- All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship Selection Criteria.
Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship faculty, and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Judges’ consider a variety of factors, with an emphasis on whether applicants:
- Demonstrate consistent and thoughtful journalistic engagement with issues of violence, conflict, tragedy, and their aftermath;
- Have demonstrated journalistic excellence and leadership;
- Will likely benefit personally and professionally from the Fellowship experience and contribute meaningfully to the program.
Other considerations may include geographic and other diversity and overall group composition.
The judging committee will review applications and select 12 fellows for 2019. Selected fellows will be notified by email.
How to Apply for Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship.
Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:
The next Fellowship program will be held July 22-27, 2019, at Columbia University in New York City.