Journalists: apply now for a course in reporting the refugee crisis through children’s eyes

Published May 10, 2019

The Dart Center is now accepting applications for a journalism training workshop focused on children and the international refugee crisis. To be held September 19-22, 2019, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, the workshop is designed for local, regional and international reporters covering refugees as either part of broader beat or as a standalone issue.

The ongoing refugee crisis is impacting the brain development, emotional and cognitive growth, socialisation, academic potential and economic promise of millions of young children – from Syria and Afghanistan to Somalia and South Sudan to Colombia and Venezuela. How should journalists draw attention to this under-reported aspect of the crisis?

The four-day workshop will bring journalists together with scientists, policy experts and practitioners in early childhood development for in-depth discussions on the effects of trauma on developing brains and interventions to mitigate them. The workshop will offer journalist-to-journalist discussions of ethics, development of sources and guidance for telling compelling stories in this area.

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Twenty five journalists from around the world will be selected to participate. Participants will be identified through both an open application process and by nomination. Roundtrip travel, hotel lodging, ground transportation, and most meals will be provided.

The application deadline is Thursday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST.

Applicants will be notified with a decision by Friday, June 21, 2019.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have at least three years of professional journalism experience;
  • Be currently working in journalism, either as staff or freelance;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Have published or broadcast at least three stories on refugee issues.

The workshop is part of “The Early Childhood Reporting Initiative: Covering Trauma, Resilience and the Developing Brain,” a three-year Dart Center training programme to improve news coverage of early childhood development around the world, funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation along with the Jacobs Foundation, the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation and The Two Lilies Fund.

For further details of how to apply, visit the Dart Center’s website.