Gun violence

Gun violence

Resources for covering mass shootings and campus shootings

USA Today Database on Mass Shootings

Mass Killings in America Database
A massive database launched in October 2022 by USA Today, AP and Northeastern University.

Mother Jones Mass Shootings Database

Stanford Libraries Mass Shootings Database

Datasets: U.S. Mass Shootings
Results from the Google Dataset Search Tool

Gun Violence Archive
Charts, data, congressional reports, etc. Run by a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S.

Journalist’s Resource: Gun Buybacks: What the Research Says

The Journalist’s Resource: Guns and Gun Policy Archive
Articles, explainers, research roundups and tip sheets about guns and gun policy.

Dart Center: Resources for Editors and Reporters Covering Gun Violence
Launched in July 2022.

Dart Center: Resources for Editors and Reporters Covering the Uvalde School Shooting

The Dart Center Style Guide for Trauma-Informed Journalism
The style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.

Poynter: How to Cover the Nashville School Shooting Ethically

IJNet: Tips for Reporting on Gun Violence

First Draft News: Journalism and Vicarious Trauma
A guide for journalists, editors and news organizations.

Google Dataset Search: Mass Shootings Data Results

Journalist’s Resource: How Journalists Cover Mass Shootings — 5 Recent Studies to Consider

Journalist’s Resource: Seven Things Journalists Should Know About Guns

Journalist’s Resource: Six Tips for Reporting on Gun Policy and Gun Violence

The Journalist’s Resource: Can Universal Background Checks Curb Gun Violence?

GIJN: Tips for Interviewing Victims of Tragedy, Witnesses and Survivors

Brookings Institute: Nine Questions to Ask After a Terrorist Attack

Brookings Institute: Gun Violence Charts

NPR: There are Two Ways Media Cover Mass Shootings — and the Difference Matters

Trusting News: Explain Your Goals, Process and Integrity When Covering Mass Shootings

The Journalist’s Resource: How School Shootings Hurt Student Achievement and Enrollment

How Journalists’ Jobs Affect Their Mental Health
A research roundup from Harvard’s Journalist’s Resource.

CPJ: Psychological Safety – Covering Gun Violence in Your Community

Nieman Lab: Challenging the Stereotype of Uvalde’s Plucky Child Survivor

NY Times: How State Laws Allowed Military Guns Used in El Paso, Dayton Shootings

IJNet: Tips for Reporting on Gun Violence

Pew Research: What Data Says About Gun Deaths in the U.S.

Gun Violence Archive
Statistics and resources on guns, mass shootings, etc.

Poynter: Notable Media Coverage from Uvalde (Texas) School Shooting (2022)

Covering Mass Tragedies
A guide from the Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook Group.

The Journalist’s Resource: Covering Costs of Firearm Industries

The Journalist’s Resource: Should News Outlets Show Graphic Images of Mass Shooting Victims?

FBI Active Shooter Incident Datbase

CDC: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

The Associated Press: Uvalde School Shooting Coverage

Tips: Responsible Media Coverage of Crisis Events Impacting Children and Youth
From the National Assn. of School Psychologists, a great guide on how to approach the sensitive topic.

Journalist’s Resource: Seven Things Journalists Should Know About Guns

How Journalists Cover Mass Shootings: 5 Recent Studies
From Journalist’s Resource at Harvard University.

Seven Things Journalists Should Know About Guns
From Journalist’s Resource at Harvard University.

Nieman Reports: Why Some Journalists Are Centering Trauma-Informed Reporting – Nieman Reports

Texas Observer: Journalists are First Responders Too

Anti-Defamation League: Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2021

Tools for Reporters: Title IX Tracker and Other Tools for Covering Campus Crime

Journalist’s Resource: Tools for Covering the Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting

End Family Fire
A movement to promote responsible gun ownership. A partnership between Brady and the Ad Council, its mission is to encourage safe gun storage in the home.

Student Press Law Center: How to Cover Protests and Walkouts

Lafayette Advertiser: Death toll rises in theater shooting

Dart Center: Resources for Reporters Covering Mass Shootings

Dart Center: Trauma and Journalism Handbook

Dart Center: Working with Traumatic Imagery

Dart Center: Covering Children and Trauma

Dart Center: Resources for Covering the Parkland (Florida) School Shooting

IRE22 Tipsheet: Coping with Trauma as a Journalist

Red Cross: Helping Children Cope

Covering Your Campus on Lockdown

Indianapolis Star: Coverage of Purdue Shooting

Twelve Facts About Guns and Mass Shootings

USA Today: Mass Killings Database

The Nation: Fifteen Mass Shootings Happened in 2012

U.S. Mass Shootings in 2012
Map of the shootings with stats, details from The Washington Post.

ProPublica: Best Reporting on Guns

Journalists Resource: Studies on Firearm Violence

Journalists Resource: Research on Mass Shootings

Slate: Myths and Misreporting about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Tips and cautionary tales about reporting on disasters.

The Journalist’s Resource: Study – US Newspapers Run More Photos of School Shooting Suspects Than Victims

The Washington Post: Local Journalists Covering Mass Shootings Share Their Pain on Air

On the Media: Consumers Guide to Breaking News
Partly in jest, this graphic does offer some sound advice.

Denver Post: Timeline of School Shootings Since Columbine

Keep in Mind Seven Lessons in Mind When Interviewing Trauma Survivors
From USC’s Center for Health Journalism.

RJI: Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Journalism

Ground Truth Project: Interviewing People Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Society of Professional Obituary Writers

SAMHSA: Covering Trauma and Violence
Resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.


COVERING/COPING WITH THE TRAUMA

Dart Center: Resources for Reporters Covering Mass Killings

Dart Center: Working with Traumatic Imagery

Tips: Responsible Media Coverage of Crisis Events Impacting Children and Youth
From the National Assn. of School Psychologists, a great guide on how to approach the sensitive topic.

First Draft News Journalist Guides
Guides to social sources, copyright law and covering trauma.

SPLC: Tips for Covering Walkouts and Protests

GIJN: Tips for Interviewing Trauma Victims

Dart Center: Resources for Covering the Parkland (Florida) School Shooting

Brookings Institute: Nine Questions to Ask After a Terrorist Attack

Student Press Law Center: How to Cover Protests and Walkouts

Dart Center: Covering Children and Trauma

25 Longform Storytelling Platforms Every Photographer Should Know

MediaShift: Advice for Journalists Working with Traumatic Imagery

The Journalist’s Resource: How School Shootings Hurt Student Achievement and Enrollment

Red Cross: Helping Children Cope

Covering Your Campus on Lockdown

Infographic: Latest School Shooting Continues America’s Tragic Trend
Good stats and detail on shootings since Sandy Hook, compiled by USC Social Work.

IJNet: Tips for Reporting on Gun Violence

Poynter: How to Cover the Nashville School Shooting Ethically

GIJN: Tips for Interviewing Victims of Tragedy, Witnesses and Survivors


SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AND STABBINGS

The Associated Press: Uvalde School Shooting Coverage

Journalist’s Resource: School Violence: Research Findings on Underlying Dynamics, Response and Prevention
Research, links, stories, analysis and a lot of data.

Covering Your Campus on Lockdown

Gun Prevention in Schools: Strategies and Effects
A great collection of research from Journalist’s Resource at Harvard University.

Indianapolis Star: Purdue Shooting Coverage

Anti-Defamation League: Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2021

Denver Post
Timeline of school shootings since Columbine.

Poynter: Notable Media Coverage from Uvalde (Texas) School Shooting (2022)

Dart Center: Covering Children and Trauma

Dart Center: Resources for Educators Training Journalists Covering Sensitive Issues
Resources from San Diego State professor Amy Schmitz Weiss on teaching students to cover topics such as suicide, homicides, sexual assaults and other traumatic news events.

USA Today: Mass Killings Database

The Nation: Fifteen Mass Shootings Happened in 2012

U.S. Mass Shootings in 2012
Map of the shootings with stats, details from The Washington Post.

The Journalist’s Resource: Study – US Newspapers Run More Photos of School Shooting Suspects Than Victims

How to Talk to Kids About School Massacres
Tips for parents to help kids understand it. Good for stories, lists about how to deal with kids in these situations.

ProPublica: Best Reporting on Guns

End Family Fire
A movement to promote responsible gun ownership. A partnership between Brady and the Ad Council, its mission is to encourage safe gun storage in the home.

Journalists Resource: Studies on Firearm Violence

Journalists Resource: Research on Mass Shootings


BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING

Journalist’s Resource: Income Inequality and Teen Bullying

Dart Center: Online Abuse: A Self-Defense Guide

Cyberbully.org
Resources for writing about online bullying.

SafeKids.com: Cyberbullying

MindOh.com

STATISTICS AND STUDIES

Keep Schools Safe

Center at Georgetown University for the Study of Violence: Violence News

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

U.S. Department of Education Campus Security Stats
A searchable database of crime at more than 6,000 colleges and universities. The database contains statistics for criminal offenses, hate offenses and arrests for the past three years.

The National Criminal Justice Service
Site releases an annual report that presents data on violent deaths at schools, other types of violence and crime, nonfatal student and teacher victimization, drug use, and more.

School Violence PAVN
A summary of trends and statistics on school safety and violence, sponsored by several government agencies.

UK: Bullying Online
A UK journalist shares this site, which is based in England but deals with school bullying issues from all over the world. Many reference and tips for parents, administrators, kids, etc.

CNN’s School Violence Statistics
Several helpful statistics tables.

National School Safety Center

National Education Association’s National Bullying Awareness Campaign
Do a search on “bullying.”

Journalist’s Resource: Gun Buybacks: What the Research Says

Kids Health for Parents: Bullying and Your Child

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General


ANALYSIS

Infographic: Latest School Shooting Continues America’s Tragic Trend
Good stats and detail on shootings since Sandy Hook, compiled by USC Social Work.


COVERING SUICIDE

ReportingonSuicide.org
A downloadable guide with dozens of tipsheets, suggestions and what to do. Very helpful lists for readers.

Dart Center: Resources for Covering Suicide

Association of Health Care Journalists: Covering Suicide

American Association of Suicidology


VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS SHOOTINGS

National Institute of Mental Health
Studies and sources are helpful for background stories.

American College Health Association

Kickbully.com – Your Guide To Fighting Workplace Bullying

USA Today Database on Mass Shootings


SANTANA

San Diego Union Tribune’s Santana Shootings Coverage
Links to the coverage of the school shootings. Updated regularly.


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