Dart Center Global Reporting Institute on Early Childhood Experience & the Developing Brain (Fully Funded to New York, USA)

Application Deadline: November 21st 2016

The Dart Center is offering a four-day reporting institute for international journalists on early childhood experience and the developing brain, March 9-12, 2017 at Columbia Journalism School in New York City.

To help journalists and news organizations around the world improve their reporting on early childhood experience and brain development, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is offering a reporting institute March 9-12, 2017.

The institute is designed for reporters covering a wide range of issues, from local education and social policy to refugees, conflict and international public health. It will focus on advancements in neuroscience and their implications for child development, concentrating especially on vulnerable children living in extreme poverty and constantly changing, unstable environments. The institute will also address national and international policy on health, education and related fields. Other topics may include early language development, impacts of stress on early brain development, successful intervention models and the influence of technology.

The institute will include panels and presentations by experts in neuroscience, child development, health, economics, sociology and education, as well as journalist-to-journalist seminars on how to translate these issues and themes into meaningful stories and relevant, captivating news coverage.


  • Participation is open to mid-career, English-speaking reporters, editors, news directors, photographers and producers working in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Staff, contract and freelance journalists are eligible to apply.
  • Thirty-five journalists from around the world will be selected for the institute.
  • All costs associated with attending (i.e. air or train fare, ground transportation to and from NYC airports, hotel accommodations and meals during the institute) will be covered by the Dart Center.
  • This reporting institute is underwritten by UNICEF, the Ford Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation, the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The Dart Center also wishes to thank the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation for its support.

Apply Now for the Dart Center Global Reporting Institute on Early Childhood Experience & the Developing Brain

Applicants will be notified with a decision on their application by November 30, 2016.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Kate Black at [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dart Center Global Reporting Institute on Early Childhood Experience & the Developing Brain


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