Covering Local Tragedies
Ochberg Fellowship Program
This learning activity is designed to help prepare journalism students for the difficult process of covering suicide on or near a college campus. It is built around a classroom scenario that unfolds over time and requires students to apply background readings, make real-time decisions and produce breaking news and a follow up story. It includes instructor guidelines with a suggested timeline, tips and discussion questions. The resource list includes readings and websites for understanding and reporting on suicide. The scenario is fictional, although it has been informed by accounts of suicides on college campuses during the last few years.
In this module, students will:
This curriculum module is a product of Randal Beam's Dart Academic Fellowship, held at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in June, 2010.
Your contributions help the Dart Center nurture informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide.
The Dart Center is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.