Covering Mass Shootings


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Covering Mass Shootings

The best journalism methods for mass shooting stories.

Type: Webinar

Originally broadcast on May 31, 2018

Time Estimate: One Hour



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You’ll hear from a variety of experts from different disciplines and see examples of both helpful and harmful reporting from recent cases.

This webinar reviews the research that informs our understanding of the copy-cat phenomenon, and suggest coverage techniques.


  • The best methods for informing the public of mass shooting scenarios
  • Accurate language for describing suspected mental health issues
  • Tips on details that can contribute to contagion


Reporters, editors, producers, newsroom leaders and anyone in the media industry who covers breaking news.


Dr. Dan Reidenberg

Dr. Dan Reidenberg is Executive Director of SAVE, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention, US Representative to the IASP and is Co-Chair of the International Media and Suicide Task Force.

Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride is the vice president at The Poynter Institute. She is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute, of The New Ethics of Journalism : Principles for the 21st Century.

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is the national affairs editor at Mother Jones, where he leads investigative projects and various politics and news coverage. Since 2012, his in-depth investigations into mass shootings, child gun deaths, and the economic impact of gun violence have been honored with numerous awards. His writing and commentary have also appeared widely elsewhere, from the New York Times and The Atlantic to National Public Radio and BBC World News.

Russell E. Palarea

Dr. Russell Palarea is the Founder and President of Operational Psychology Services. He provides investigative consultation, operational training, and program development on threat assessment, insider threat, and counterterrorism to Fortune 500 corporations, law enforcement, universities, and Government agencies. Through his company, Dr. Palarea serves as the contract Operational Psychologist for the Diplomatic Security Service, where he spearheaded the creation the U.S. Department of State’s Threat Management Program, and consults on threats against the Department’s leadership, personnel, and facilities.