Journalism Institute for Early Child Reporting at Dart Centre 2024

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Deadline: November 30th 2023 | Journalism Institute for Early Child Reporting at Dart Centre 2024

For reporters and editors from around the world who want to strengthen their understanding of early childhood development and their ability to report on the youngest children and their carers in an ethical and effective manner, the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma is hosting a four-day reporting course. The reporting institute, a component of the ongoing Journalism Institute for Early Child Reporting at Dart Centre 2024, will take place at Columbia Journalism School in New York City from March 8–11, 2024.


During this four-day global reporting institute, journalists from all over the world will come together for panels, workshops, and skills-based training from top researchers, clinicians, and child development experts and practitioners. They will also engage in journalist-to-journalist discussions on how to turn these issues and themes into compelling stories and salient, cross-cutting news coverage. In addition to expanding a global network of journalists committed to reporting on young children and carers with insight, accuracy, compassion, and depth, the institution will provide possibilities for knowledge sharing, source development, and peer-to-peer learning.

The Early Childhood Journalism Initiative, which was started by the Dart Centre in 2017 to promote child-centered, science-informed reporting that also looks at carers’ mental health and welfare, is now offering a four-day reporting course.


  • The application process is open to journalists and editors with a minimum of three years of professional experience working in print, digital, audio, photography, television, and video. Editor-reporter teams will be taken into consideration when appropriate. Journalists who are students are not eligible.
  • The entire event will be held in English. Strong English speaking ability is necessary.
  • For 25 chosen participants, roundtrip domestic or international airfare, three to four nights in a hotel, ground transportation to and from NYC airports, and the majority of meals will be provided.
  • There will be no coverage for health insurance, travel insurance, visa costs, or ground transportation inside the home country.

Visas for travel

  • The Dart Centre will offer official letters of acceptance to go along with visa applications if you are chosen for the institute. The Dart Centre is unable to help with visa application fees or with getting a visa to enter the United States.


You will require the following to submit a finished application:

  • CV or resume Professional bio
  • Interest letter: Your letter should cover your experience as a journalist, your experiences covering children or carers, any difficulties you’ve faced, as well as specific incidents or experiences that have shaped your outlook or professional trajectory. It should also cover what you intend to gain from the institute. (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Two current examples of important work
  • Within the last three years, your work sample should have been printed or aired.
  • You must have contributed to the story or project as a reporter or editor.
  • Please submit your work sample in English along with an English translation if it is not in English.
  • Two letters of recommendation from credible sources in your field: Each of your recommenders will need an email address, which you must provide, so that Submittable may get in touch with them and ask them to upload a recommendation for your application. The submission date is November 1, 2023.
  • Previous beneficiaries of the Dart Center’s Early Childhood Journalism Initiative, as well as staff members of the Columbia Journalism School, the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, and student journalists, are not eligible to apply.

For more information, visit the Dart Centre 2024 Early Childhood Reporting Institute’s official website.

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