Call for Applications: Covering Children and the Syrian Refugee Crisis


The Dart Center is now accepting applications for a four-day journalism training workshop in Amman, Jordan, with a special focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and response.

 

Recent conflicts in Syria and Iraq have created the largest refugee crisis since World War II. This ongoing upheaval presents a major challenge to reporters in the region and to the global press corps – including how to cover the crucial impact of war, violence, and displacement on vast numbers of babies and toddlers. Too often reporting has overlooked the consequences of the refugee crisis for young children’s brain development, emotional and cognitive growth, academic potential, and economic trajectory, as well as the policies that promote resilience and growth in the face of violence, stress and upheaval.

To prepare local, regional, and international reporters to cover refugee children and families with greater knowledge, depth and skills, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School, is now accepting applications for a journalism training workshop in Amman, Jordan, with a special focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and response.

This workshop, to be held January 20-23, 2019 at the Columbia Global Center in Amman, is designed for local, regional and international reporters already covering the Syrian refugee crisis as either part of a broader beat or as a standalone issue.

The four-day workshop will bring journalists together with internationally recognized policy experts, scientists and practitioners working on early childhood development in a refugee context, to discuss the effects of trauma on developing brains and effective interventions designed to mitigate harmful effects. The workshop is designed for in-depth exploration of the issues as well as journalist-to-journalist discussions of craft, ethics, source development and networking among journalists and experts. The program will offer guidance and best practices for telling compelling stories about a seemingly intractable crisis, whether for local news platforms in the Mideast or international media.

The workshop will be conducted in both English and Arabic using simultaneous translation. All participants must be fluent in one of these two languages.

Twenty journalists, 10 from Jordan and neighboring countries, and 10 from other parts of 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 October 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm E.S.T.

Click here to apply now.

 

Applicants will be notified with a decision by October 23, 2018.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have at least three years of professional journalism experience.
  • Be currently working as reporters, editors, news directors, photographers, or producers for print, broadcast, or online media, either as staff or freelancers, focusing on the Syrian refugee crisis
  • Be fluent in either English or Arabic.
  • Have published or broadcast at least three stories on issues connected to refugees from the Syria crisis.

The Amman workshop is part of “The Early Childhood Reporting Initiative: Covering Trauma, Resilience and the Developing Brain,”a multi-year Dart Center training program to improve news coverage of early childhood development around the world.

This three-year initiative has been underwritten by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (Netherlands), the Jacobs Foundation(Switzerland), the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation (Brazil), and The Two Lilies Fund (United States.)