Resources for Covering Hate, Shootings and Trauma
Journalists share advice on interviewing children and writing about race.
Education reporters, alas, are increasingly experienced in covering violence directed at students, teachers and school staff.
This weekend’s mass shootings added to the horrible list. In El Paso, the gunman apparently targeted Latino families doing their back-to-school shopping at a Walmart. Among the victims: parents and other relatives who shielded children, and at least one teacher.
Reporting and writing responsibly about hate, violence and traumatized victims is difficult, as a recent misstep by The New York Times demonstrated.
Here are some resources and advice from EWA to help reporters with this sensitive and fraught job.
- Advice on covering the Latino community
- Covering school shootings
- Covering trauma in classrooms webinar
- How to cover race issues accurately and fairly
- The ethics of interviewing children
- Three tips for covering school hate crimes
In addition, other organizations have published useful guides and resources:
- American School Counselor Association: Guide to Helping Students after a Shooting
- Committee to Protect Journalists: Safety Kit
- Dart Center: Advice on Journalists’ Self Care after Trauma
- Journalist’s Toolbox: Covering Mass Killings
- The National Association of Hispanic Journalists: How to Accurately and Inclusively Cover Mass Shootings
- The Poynter Institute: Advice on covering shootings
This article was updated at 9:18 a.m. Aug. 7, 2019, to include additional resources.