Reporting on mass shootings is one of the trickiest assignments for journalists. With an alarming increase in frequency of these events in the US, newsrooms may need to start thinking about improving their coverage.
To help reporters consider how their coverage comes across and deter fame-seeking copycats, Vox’s journalist German Lopez shared his coverage tips with Journalist’s Source.
“The news media also might be partly responsible for what Lopez labelled a 'self-perpetuating' aspect of mass shootings, according to research,” writes Chloe Reichel, the author of the article. “There is evidence that when there’s a mass shooting that gets widespread coverage, mass shootings become more likely shortly thereafter, just because there are copycats out there.”