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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR REPORTING
  • How you report on violence, including mass violence, domestic violence, and suicide can influence and impact others.

  • Do not oversimplify or sensationalize the incident because it may encourage people who may seek notoriety. (e.g. do not say, "The deadliest incident since Columbine.")

  • Report on victims and how communities and the nation can mobilize to support victims and prevent future shootings.

  • ​Avoid reporting that increases misunderstanding and prejudice of mental illness and include information about treatment and prevention. A mental health diagnosis is not necessarily or causally related to violence.

  • Avoid stigmatizing the community where the incident occurred or the people targeted by the perpetrator.

  • Minimize reporting on the perpetrators as others might identify with or be inspired by them.

  • Use the perpetrator's photo sparingly, especially in follow-up stories, except if police are still looking for the perpetrator or for other victims.

  • Remember that families, including those of the perpetrator, are deeply affected and traumatized by the incident. Be sensitive when conducting interviews.

  • Avoid putting photos of the perpetrator side by side with a victim.

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