Mark Follman is National Affairs Editor at Mother Jones. He is a former editor of Salon and a cofounder of the MediaBugs project. His reporting and commentary have also appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and on Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR's All Things Considered. Since 2012, his in-depth investigations into mass shootings, child gun deaths, and other issues of gun violence have been honored with multiple journalism awards.
Recent Posts by Mark Follman
Q&A: A Survivor's PerspectiveJuly 11, 2015 by Mark Follman, Jennifer Longdon, Bruce Shapiro
Full video and edited transcript; "Getting it Right: Reporting on Gun Violence"; May 29, 2015.
Reporting the Gun Beat Q&AJuly 9, 2015 by Jim MacMillan, Mark Follman, Cheryl W. Thompson
Cheryl Thompson, Investigative Reporter at the Washington Post, Mark Follman, National Affairs Editor at Mother Jones, and Jim MacMillan, Founder and Editor of GunCrisis.org, in conversation with Dart's Bruce Shapiro. Below is a lightly edited version of their conversation.
Getting it Right: A Survivor's PerspectiveJuly 8, 2015 by Mark Follman, Jennifer Longdon, Bruce Shapiro
Use the shooter's name sparingly, with purpose, and instead focus on the survivors. Avoid salaciousness, but don't sugarcoat the facts. Be gentle, but understand that no matter what, asking a survivor to retell his or her story opens up old wounds.
Reporting the Gun Beat: How I Got the StoryJuly 7, 2015 by Mark Follman, Cheryl W. Thompson
Mine the data. Unpack gun issues for contemporary readers. Fight against a failure of the imagination.
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