‘Like I’m a nobody’: Breaking news coverage of shootings is dehumanizing and delays progress, per new Temple study

By Ben Seal, Billy Penn | January 10, 2023

Stoneleigh Fellow Jessica Beard spoke to Billy Penn about a new study she led exploring episodic media coverage of gun violence and the perspectives of people injured by firearms.

Episodic media coverage of gun violence can dehumanize victims and force them to relive their trauma while also undermining support for public health solutions, according to a new research study out of Temple University Hospital.

“This study is the first of its kind that explored the perspectives of firearm-injured people,” said Temple trauma surgeon Jessica Beard.

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