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Online Course: Responsible Reporting on Suicide for Journalists
A free online course offered by Johns Hopkins University to teach reporters how to safely cover the topic of suicide. Over 100 studies have found that certain types of news stories on suicide can contribute to more suicide deaths, while others can encourage people to seek help. This course, which can be started and completed at any time, explains this research and gives journalist concrete tools to cover suicide, including simulated interviews with a parent who lost a child to suicide and assignments to pick B-roll for video stories on the subject.
A downloadable guide with dozens of tipsheets, suggestions and what to do. Very helpful lists for readers.
AFSP: Reporting on Suicide Prevention
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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.
Tool for Evaluating Media Portrayals of Suicide (TEMPOS)
TEMPOS allows media professionals, public health officials, researchers, and suicide prevention experts to assess adherence to the recommended guidelines for reporting suicide with a user- friendly, standardized rating scale. The scale can be used to monitor changes in reporting over time and how reporting varies across articles, authors, and publications.
A WordPress free plugin has been launched to help reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. Canadian journalist Karissa Gall teamed up with the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma to launch the free “Media Guide-o-Matic” plugin on the widely-used WordPress platform. Similar to how spell-checking tools automatically check for spelling mistakes, Media Guide-o-Matic automatically checks draft WordPress posts for words and phrases that have been identified as contributors to stigma in the third edition of Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. The plugin saves time for journalists who publish their work on the widely-used WordPress platform, and helps them improve their reporting.
Carrying Trauma: Care for Journalists and Sources
Great tips from Trollbusters and the Dart Center.
Media Coverage as a Risk Factor in Suicide
A total of 293 findings from 42 studies on the impact of publicized suicide stories in the media on the incidence of suicide in the real world were analyzed by logistic regression analysis.