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Dart Center Global Reporting Institute on Early Childhood Development, Trauma, & Resilience 2018 – New York (Funded)

Deadline: April 9, 2018

The Dart Center is offering a four-day global reporting institute for journalists on early childhood development, trauma, and resilience June 28 – July 1 at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. The institute – open to journalists from around the world – is designed for reporters on any beat touching the first seven years of life, whether schools or health, war or social policy, neighborhoods or refugees. It will focus on advancements in neuroscience and their implications for child development, concentrating especially on vulnerable children living in extreme poverty and unstable environments.

The program, based on a pilot workshop held at Columbia in 2017, will also address national and international policy on health, education and related fields. Other topics may include the building blocks of brain development, impacts of stress on early brain development, successful intervention models and the influence of technology.

This interactive workshop will include panels and presentations by leading neuroscientists, economists, and child development experts, as well as journalist-to-journalist seminars on how to translate these issues and themes into meaningful stories and relevant, captivating news coverage. The curriculum aims to share knowledge, encourage deeper reporting and foster lasting relationships between journalists and international researchers, scholars and practitioners.


Up to six selected participants will receive micro-reporting fellowships of $500-$1000 USD to pursue stories following the program on one or more of the institute topics. Journalists from across the media spectrum with a minimum of three years’ professional experience are eligible to apply.

Roundtrip international or domestic travel, three-four nights of hotel lodging, ground transportation and most meals will be covered for the 25 selected participants.


  • Open to journalists from around the world
  • Applicants must be English-speaking reporters, editors, news directors, photographers and producers
  • Applicants should have a minimum of three years of professional journalism experience working in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Staff, contract and freelance journalists are eligible to apply.

Twenty-five journalists from around the world will be selected for the institute. Travel, lodging, ground transportation and meals during the program will be covered by the Dart Center.


Click here to apply.