Mass Shooting in Santa Barbara: Resources
A mass shooting by a college student in Santa Barbara, California on Friday has left six people dead and 13 injured. See the Dart Center's resources for journalists covering this tragedy.
A 22-year-old man killed six people and wounded 13 others near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara on Friday night.
The shooter, identified by police as Elliot Rodger, a college student at UC Santa Barbara, had posted a video on YouTube describing his rage over his rejection by women and vowing "retribution" 24 hours before the killing began. In addition to the video, Rodger had prepared a 141-page manifesto laying out his plan for the killings.
The University of California, Santa Barbara is on a suburban campus 10 miles from downtown Santa Barbara, and has over 22,000 students. Hundreds of people attended a candelight vigil on Saturday night. According to the Everytown for Gun Safety coalition, this is the 72nd shooting on a school campus in the 17 months since the Sandy Hook Shooting.
The Dart Center has a host of resources and tips for journalists who are tasked with covering tragedy on this scale below:
COVERING MASS KILLINGS
Psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, M.D. and Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, share insights on covering mass killings in the aftermath of the Arizona shooting that left six dead and a U.S. Congresswoman grievously injured.
Reporter Dave Cullen's lessons from a decade of reporting on the Columbine attacks.
A self-study unit on covering terrorism.
A compilation of journalist-to-journalist advice.
Professor Meg Moritz shares four lessons on covering school shootings.
Quick tips on working with victims and survivors from Dart Centre Asia Pacific.
Resources for Covering Mass Shootings: Reacting to the 2010 Cumbria Tragedy, the Dart Center's Gavin Rees reflects on the story and offers resources for journalists.
In a piece for Walkley magazine, the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro points to some of what we've learned from covering mass shootings.
In this video James Grimaldi, staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, talks about how to investigate gun sales.
For those who read German, Gisela Mayer, the mother of victim of the school shooting in Winnenden describes her family's experience of finding itself subject to media attention.
COVERING CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
The Dart Center's comprehensive guide, "Covering Children and Trauma."
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's resources on responding to a school crisis, suggestions for educators, suggestions for talking to children, tips for youth talking to journalists, parent guidelines for helping youth, age-related reactions to a traumatic event, and psychological impacts to consider following a recent shooting.
ADVICE FOR YOUTH JOURNALISTS
A series of resources on covering school shootings, with lessons from student journalists who covered shootings at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech.
ADVICE FOR EDITORS
Dart Center Executive Director Bruce Shapiro passes on lessons for newsrooms learned from the Virginia Tech shooting.
Quick tips on how to support your reporters.
Quick tips on self-care from Dart Centre Asia Pacific.
Self-care advice from an editor who's been there.