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When tragedy strikes: Covering mass shootings
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When tragedy strikes: Covering mass shootings

7/18/2018
When: 3:00 PM
Where: District of Columbia 20045
United States
Contact: Karen Hansen
2026627257


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Live video discussion with the RTDNA Ethics Committee - registration includes access to the live webinar and recording after the event.

Free for members / $15 for non-members

In light of the recent shooting in which five members of our journalism community were tragically killed at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD,  all registration fees are waived for this training. We ask that participants consider making a donation to the Gazette via GoFundMe in lieu of a registration fee.

Registration for this event has closed. 

Join us at Excellence in Journalism 2018 for another session dedicated to this important topic

(early bird registration closes July 25)

After registering, you will receive a unique access link from AnyMeeting approximately one hour before the live online discussion begins. If you do not receive an email from AnyMeeting by July 18 at 3pm EDT, let us know.


Mass shootings are among the most traumatic breaking news stories a journalist may ever cover.

When a shooting takes place in your community, it’s sure to be a difficult and emotional time for everyone – including journalists working in your newsroom to provide desperately sought information.

And, as in any breaking news situation, reporting accurately and completely may be particularly challenging.

After a mass shooting has occurred is no time to be trying to reason through the difficult ethical decisions such coverage warrants.

Ensure your newsroom is prepared by planning ahead, even – especially – for the kinds of situations we hope never to see.

The RTDNA Ethics Committee will guide your newsroom in developing your coverage plan for these catastrophic events by illustrating its recently published coverage guidelines including:

  • How to ensure your own and others’ safety on a scene.
  • How to apply our Code of Ethics’ guiding principles of accuracy and transparency when much is unknown or uncertain.
  • How to put information in the appropriate context.
  • How to avoid the contagion effect.

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