The Dart Center at Columbia University in New York City invites applications for the 2012 Ochberg Fellowship Program at the Center from journalists in Africa, the Mideast, and Asia along with North America, Australia and the Pacific, Latin America and Europe.
The Dart Center invites applications for the 2012 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships – a unique seminar program for journalists worldwide who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy.
Reporting responsibly and credibly on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide is a great challenge. Since 1999 the Dart Center has offered the annual Ochberg Fellowships to outstanding midcareer journalists in all media interested in exploring such critical issues.
This year’s Ochberg Fellowship Program will begin Monday, October 22 and conclude Friday, October 26, 2012. Fellows attend an intensive weeklong program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City. Program activities include background briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts; conversations with journalist colleagues; 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.
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 online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with no fewer than five years’ full-time journalism experience. Approximately half of the Fellowship participants are based in North America, with the balance drawn from Central and South America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Mideast.
All fellowship seminars are conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.
Selection Criteria
Applicants are reviewed by a judging committee comprised of Dart Center staff, Fellowship core faculty and past Fellows. Selection is not based on any single factor. Among judges’ considerations are 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 10-15 fellows for 2012. Selected fellows will be notified by phone and email in mid-August.
Please visit their website and read detailed information about applying.
Deadline: July 20, 2012
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