‘Minimizing harm:’ New toolkit provides best practices for reporting on gun violence

By Kaitlin Washburn, Association of Health Care Journalists | June 3, 2024

Stoneleigh Fellows Jessica Beard and Ruth Abaya are featured by AHCJ for a panel discussing media coverage of gun violence and for Jessica’s involvement in publishing a new toolkit for reporters covering gun violence.

Furthering their quest to improve the all-too-often harmful coverage of gun violence, the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting recently published a toolkit for reporters covering the topic. 

“News coverage of gun violence often inadvertently perpetuates stereotypical narratives about the people and communities most impacted,” the introduction of the toolkit reads.

“Typical coverage focuses on individual episodes of gun violence and often lacks an explanation of what causes it and what could be done to prevent it. These reporting practices can further stigmatize marginalized communities and promote fatalism around gun violence prevention.”

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