The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma is one of the most important media institutions today. Its mission:
The Dart Center is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center also addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism.
It gives out the annual Ochberg fellowship:
Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence and traumatic events — on crime, family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide — is among the greatest challenges facing contemporary journalism. The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship, now in its ninth year, was established by the Dart Center in order to better prepare journalists for this challenge. The fellowship is named for the Dart Center Executive Committee's Chairman Emeritus, Frank Ochberg, M.D., a psychiatrist and pioneer in the understanding of violence and trauma.
This year's winners include SAJAer Moni Basu of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who has done at least six tours of duty as a reporter in Iraq. Here's her fellowship bio:
Moni Basu is a national and international reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has covered the Iraq war and spent five months embedded with a Georgia Army National Guard brigade. She is now covering soldiers' re-entry into civilian life. She has also reported from Cuba, Chile, Norway, Jordan, Kuwait and India. She covered the devastating 2001 earthquake in Ahmedabad, India, military suicides at Fort Bragg, SARS in Toronto and West Nile virus in Louisiana. In 2005 she was honored as Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Association and has also won awards from the South Asian Journalists Association, Associated Press Managing Editors and the Society of Newspaper Design.
See Moni's farewell post for the AJC's Georgians @ War blog. Congrats to Moni and we wish her the best during her fellowship.
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