How to Cover Gun Violence and the Gun Debate in America (June 2022)

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How to Cover Gun Violence and the Gun Debate in America (June 2022)

In the wake of recent mass shootings in the United States, this free online group seminar will help journalists at any stage in their career develop story ideas to better cover gun violence and the gun debate in their communities. Areas of focus include: the latest proposals in Washington, D.C., measuring the effectiveness of “red flag” laws, and tips from researchers studying gun issues as well as local and national reporters covering the gun beat.

June 13, 2022– June 14, 2022

Overview

  • Tune in June 13-14, 2022, to learn more about “red flag” laws and gun violence prevention tools.
  • Learn best practices for covering the nation’s gun laws and and evidence-based solutions to reduce gun violence.
  • Make connections with other journalists who can help you navigate stories about gun violence prevention.

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Learning Outcomes

Participants in this online group seminar will:

  • Understand the “red flag” laws and how they operate, where they’ve been implemented and whether they’ve been shown as effective
  • Learn about the current proposals being discussed in Congress, and action at the state level
  • Develop new story ideas and reporting strategies to cover gun violence policy and prevention tools and raise public awareness of these laws
  • Focus on bringing national stories home to the local community
  • Apply lessons to other areas of coverage, including statehouse and public health agencies

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Overview

  • Tune in June 13-14, 2022, to learn more about “red flag” laws and gun violence prevention tools.
  • Learn best practices for covering the nation’s gun laws and and evidence-based solutions to reduce gun violence.
  • Make connections with other journalists who can help you navigate stories about gun violence prevention.

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With guidance from PolitiFact editor-in-chief Angie Drobnic Holan and PolitiFact senior correspondent Jon Greenberg, participants will learn about “red flag” laws and the gun legislation under discussion by federal lawmakers.

There will be two sessions that participants can enroll in:

Monday, June 13, 2022

How to report on “red flag” laws: How they work and what the research shows

  • Looking for new ideas to prevent mass shootings, lawmakers are increasingly considering “red flag” laws. Formally known as extreme risk protection orders, or ERPOs, the new laws separate people from their access to guns, typically by allowing police to take their guns or by flagging them in firearms background check databases. Already, more than a dozen states have “red flag” laws on the books. They differ in their details and mechanisms, and researchers are studying their impact. This webinar will cover the basics of “red flag” laws and how they operate, as well as looking at questions of how they’ve been implemented and whether they’ve proved effective. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Bringing Washington gun policy home

  • Researchers and experienced journalists will shed light on the gun legislation under discussion by federal lawmakers. Participants will learn about some of the common misperceptions and misinformation about gun violence and gun regulation. Specific topics will include banning sales of assault-style rifles to people under 21, banning the sale of large-capacity magazines holding over 10 rounds, expanding background checks to all gun transactions, not just those involving federally licensed firearm dealers, and prohibiting the creation of untraceable weapons, so-called ghost guns. We will also discuss the role of investing in mental health interventions, and the history of assault weapon bans.

Each session will be 90 minutes long and include training and discussion. Though all the sessions will be recorded and available for replay within the course, we hope most participants can attend live to get their questions answered and contribute to a robust conversation. 

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

This online group seminar will take place Monday, June 13, 2022, and Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. A replay will be available within 48 hours.

Who should enroll

Journalists who cover government, public policy, elections or education, especially those who work in or report on states with red flag laws. 

Cost

This online group seminar is free, thanks to support from the Joyce Foundation. 

Instructors

Moderators

  • Angie Drobnic Holan
    Editor-in-Chief, PolitiFact
    Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor-in-chief of PolitiFact. She previously was an editor, deputy editor and reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007....
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  • Jon Greenberg
    Senior Correspondent, PolitiFact
    Jon is a senior correspondent with PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking news service. Since 2011, he has vetted claims from politicians, pundits, Facebook posts and...
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Panelists

  • Jake Charles
    Lecturing fellow and executive director of the Center for Firearms Law
    Jake Charles is a lecturing fellow and executive director of the Center for Firearms Law. His primary research interests include the legal regulation of state...
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  • Abené Clayton
    Reporter, The Guardian
    Abené Clayton is a reporter in the Guardian’s California office and is currently the lead reporter on the newspaper’s “Guns & Lies in America” series,...
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  • Johnny Magdaleno
    Courts Reporter, Indianapolis Star
    Johnny Magdaleno is the courts and legal affairs reporter at the Indianapolis Star. Prior to joining the Star he worked as a freelance reporter in...
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  • Jennifer Mascia
    News Writer and Founding Staffer, The Trace
    Jennifer Mascia is a news writer and founding staffer at The Trace, the nation's only news outlet devoted to covering gun violence and policy, which launched...
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  • Daniel W. Webster
    Bloomberg Professor of American Health
    Daniel W. Webster is Bloomberg Professor of American Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He serves as Co-Director of the Johns...
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  • Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH
    Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis
    Dr. Wintemute is Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He is the founding director...
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