Mass shootings challenge the skill, capacity and ethics of news professionals. Below please find tip sheets and other resources for journalists covering these tragedies.
Resources on Homicide & Mass Shooting
- Gun Violence and Police Encounters: Reducing Lethal Outcomes
- Keynote conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
- Reporting the “Gun Beat”: Story Behind the Story
- Gun Sales and Trafficking
- Individual and Collective Trauma: Coping with Homicide in African American Communities
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- Interview: Mark Follman and “The True Cost of Gun Violence in America”
- Article: A Mass Shooting, Only in Slow Motion
- Health & Crime Data Sources
- Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings
- Gun violence, firearms buyer background checks and mental illness: Research and insights
- View all Homicide & Mass Shooting Outside Resources
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The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies has released a briefing paper on the trauma of hate-based violence, reviewing existing research on its impacts and evaluating the mental health needs of targeted survivors and communities.
This comprehensive series offers a ground-level view of the effects of violence on children and their families, showing not only the psychological toll on young souls, but also the success stories, and scarce resources that are available to help. Judges described this package as a "brilliant body of work" comprised of a "thoughtful mix of beautifully executed stories." They recognized the "tremendous thought and planning" that went into the project, and the "incredible level of trust" the reporters built with the community after initially encountering much skepticism. Originally published by NOLA.com | The Times Picayune in June 2018.
This multimedia piece explores the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year old Inuit man in Arctic Canada, the impact of his death on his community, and his father’s subsequent fight for mental health services, coroner’s services, and justice system services for Inuit in the North. Judges described “Death in the Arctic” as a "truly impressive reporting feat" offering "rare insight into an isolated, chronically ignored community." They underscored the "intimacy" and "narrative force" of the project, calling it "profoundly moving and affecting," and the photography "stunning." Originally published by Radio Canada International – Eye on the Arctic on December 14, 2018.
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