Friday, December 21, 2012

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma shares Newtown coverage advice

Dear APME friends,

As the details of the horrific events in Newtown, CT, emerge, many of your teams and colleagues are involved in coverage - either on site or covering local angles elsewhere.

This story is challenging both professionally and personally. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has assembled an array of online tipsheets on covering mass shootings, child trauma and community tragedy which may be helpful – go to These include reporter-to-reporter advice on stories and news choices; editors' resources gleaned from previous incidents; and tipsheets on self-care and trauma response for news teams.

In addition, for any of your teams on site: I am pleased to report that the Yale University mental health team which is providing support for the Sandy Hook community has agreed to be available as a confidential resource for any journalist covering this very upsetting story. Journalists can call Carrie Epstein, 917-716-6546. She is an experienced and top-level trauma clinician.


Bruce Shapiro
Executive Director
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
tel +1 212-854-8056 / cell 203 843 4390

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friday is the last day to bid in the APME/APPM holiday auction

There are a bunch of great gift ideas in the Associated Press Media Editors and AP Photo Editors holiday online auction at

Stunning photographs
Hostess treats
A New Jersey shore condo

The auction ends at noon EST this Friday, Dec. 14.

You help APME and APPM with your bids, so don't delay!