Covering Local Tragedies
Ochberg Fellowship Program
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24 and the 10th leading cause of death among all Americans. Yet covering suicide poses profound challenges for journalists and news organizations. When suicide is the subject, newsrooms must contend with stigma, family privacy, scientific findings on "suicide contagion" and the ethical responsibilities and concerns of journalists.
To help local journalists and regional news organizations in the mid-Atlantic region face these challenges, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma will sponsor "Covering Suicide," a two-day workshop featuring a wide range of local and national mental health and researchers and policy experts, award-winning journalists and suicide prevention advocates. To be held on September 21-22, 2012 at the studios of WHYY in Philadelphia, this workshop is made possible by funding from the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
"Covering Suicide" will include background briefings on the latest research as well as specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists and news organizations to report on suicide knowledgeably, ethically and effectively. It is the third in a series of Dart Center programs for Philadelphia-area journalists sponsored by the Scattergood Foundation; previous workshops focused on covering veterans and reporting on youth violence.
The "Covering Suicide" workshop will:
The workshop is open to reporters for print, broadcast and online media; and editors, photographers, producers or bloggers in the mid-Atlantic region. (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C.) Staff, contract and freelance journalists are welcome to register.
To register please e-mail the following to the address below:
Registration materials and inquiries should be sent to Kate Black at firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is made possible by generous grants from the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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.