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Journalist's ResourceHow journalists cover mass shootings: Research to consider

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The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton have dominated the headlines since this weekend. If you or your colleagues are covering the story, here are some resources to help:

If you want someone to walk you through some of these resources, Poynter also offers these two webinars for free: «Journalism and Trauma» and «Best Practices for Reporting on Mass Shootings


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New research: News coverage of mass shootings

Dear readers,

There have been more than 250 mass shootings in the United States since Jan. 1, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter. In other words, in America, there have been more mass shootings than days in 2019. In two of those cases — the April synagogue shooting in Poway, California, and the El Paso, Texas, massacre on Sunday — the attacks were preceded with racist manifestos, posted to the online message board 8chan.

In covering this onslaught of tragic events, editors and reporters must grapple with some tough questions: How do we cover a mass shooting without glamorizing the shooter? How do we report on white supremacy without inadvertently amplifying hateful messages? As always, Journalist’s Resourceencourages journalists to address such questions with another question: What does the research say?

With that in mind, we’ve added new studies to our roundup of research on how journalists cover mass shootings. And we encourage you to revisit our recent tip sheet on covering white supremacy and far-right extremists, featuring insights from Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project here at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, and Jessie Daniels, a sociologist at the City University of New York. Please also look at our related research roundup on white supremacy and cyber-racism; our tips for reporting on gun policy and gun violence from Jon Vernick, co-director of the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; our list of seven things journalists should know about guns; and our Q&A with Harvard Kennedy School professor Khalil Muhammad, who offers guidance on how to handle stories that center on race and racism.

Here are some of the other compelling features on the JR docket this week:

•    An article highlighting new research showing that black men, over their lifetime, are 2.5 times more likely than white men to be killed by police.
•    An interview with Heidi Legg, director of special projects at the Shorenstein Center and the author of a new paper that identifies five trends shaping the local journalism business.
•    A pun-filled summary of a study on the number of frogs, bats and other creatures that turn up in packaged produce.

You’ll find more information on these new pieces below.

Take care,

Carmen Nobel, director of Journalist’s Resource


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