Event Title

Generation Columbine: Ethics of Reporting on School Shootings in the Age of Social Media

Research Mentor(s)

Joan Connell

Description

School shootings raise a number of difficult questions for journalists. Should graphic images be shared alongside breaking news stories? How can news outlets vet sources and information while still keeping up with a 24-hour news cycle? What are the best practices for reaching out to traumatized victims and their communities? How can we portray shooters accurately without contributing to “media contagion”? By studying media trends that have emerged in the two decades since Columbine, this paper aims to shed light on the ethical dilemmas surrounding mass-shootings, particularly those that occur in K-12 schools.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

May 2018

Location

Journalism

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Language

English

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Generation Columbine: Ethics of Reporting on School Shootings in the Age of Social Media

Journalism

School shootings raise a number of difficult questions for journalists. Should graphic images be shared alongside breaking news stories? How can news outlets vet sources and information while still keeping up with a 24-hour news cycle? What are the best practices for reaching out to traumatized victims and their communities? How can we portray shooters accurately without contributing to “media contagion”? By studying media trends that have emerged in the two decades since Columbine, this paper aims to shed light on the ethical dilemmas surrounding mass-shootings, particularly those that occur in K-12 schools.