Recommendations for reporting on mass shootings

Date: 2017
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  SAVE with experts from AFSP, the CDC, Columbia University, IASP Media Task Force, JED, NAMI-NH, SPRC and the media industry.
Publisher:  Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

These recommendations address how media can safely cover an incident where a person (or a small group) shoots multiple others in a public setting. The tragedies at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Orlando are examples of mass shootings. These recommendations are not intended to address gang violence or murder­ suicide (i.e. intimate partner violence).

Planning and Implementing:  News and Entertainment Media, Safe/Effective Messaging