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How the media reports and packages the tragedy of gun violence can make a difference. It can add to understanding or foster more violence. Here are some helpful guides:

From Justin Peters at Slate. How to report responsibly on child shootings.

From Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute for Media Studies. What to consider when covering mass shootings.

From the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia. Reporters’ ethical responsibilities when covering mass shootings.

From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Many fatal shootings are suicides or have a suicide component. How to report on this public health issue.

From the Centers for Disease Control. Sensational reporting can contribute to suicide contagion. How to avoid encouraging copycats.