In the U.S., 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 overall. Yet covering suicide poses profound challenges for journalists and news organizations. Balancing concerns of privacy, stigma and contagion are all elements of responsible coverage. What other special considerations are necessary when covering suicide? Does that change when the victim is a child? What does the research tell us?

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