Two recent Nieman Fellows have been awarded Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Maggie Jones, NF ’12, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and Finbarr O’Reilly, NF ’13, a Reuters staff photographer based in West Africa, will join 10 other journalists to deepen their reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. Jones writes about social issues including immigration, poverty, race, gender, education and families. O’Reilly has covered conflict and social issues in Africa and was profiled in “Under Fire: Journalists in Combat,” a documentary about the psychological toll of covering war.
Journalists in the Dart program attend seminars with leading experts in trauma science and journalism practice. The fellowship honors Frank Ochberg, M.D., chairman emeritus of the Dart Center and a close associate of the Nieman Foundation. The Nieman-Dart Collaboration has produced a number of events to help Nieman Fellows and alumni better understand emotional trauma on the job and trauma journalism, including ways to recognize and cope with acute stress and PTSD.