Covering Guns: Story Ideas
July 7, 2015
Localize national stories. Dive deep into the data. Humanize your stories.
Below is a list of story topics compiled by workshop participants during a short brainstorming session at the close of the "Covering Guns" workshop:
- Gun violence as a women’s health issue
- Guns issues on the border
- Guns and gun ownership by race
- Mental health issues and PTSD in inner city communities
- Suppressed gun violence-related trauma in young people
- Youth suicide
- Suicide by gun: patterns and causes
- Tracing guns often-used in suicides
- Before and after legalized suicide: Did it knock down the gun suicide numbers?
- Suicide attempts that don’t end in death: People who are given another chance at life; efficacy of gun suicide
- Suicide as a public health issue; Suicide contagion
- Time to crime stories: How long after someone obtains a gun before he or she commits suicide/crime
- A look at Las Vegas businesses that allow you to “become” a Navy seal for the day/week
- Shot spotter technology: How effective is it? What does the data show?
- Trace guns in compelling cases
- Economics discussion: costs of guns and gun violence
- Attempts at intervention and reducing the demand for guns
- Solutions-based stories: what do they mean and how would they fit within the framework of a data-driven story?
- Officer-involved shootings as they relate to domestic violence
- Differences between police forces in the 1980’s and today: The assumption is that everyone has a gun now – Does this change approaches to policing?
- A story on language and terminology, i.e. “officer-involved shootings”