Reporting on Suicide: How to Do It Responsibly

From Jeffrey Epstein to Kate Spade to Anthony Bordain to Robin Williams, the media is too often faced with covering a suicide. But researchers say how the media covers suicide could have life-or-death consequences. Several studies have found that certain types of coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide for some individuals. Headlines, language, images and even the decision to report on suicide can all have an impact. The Deadline Club and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are teaming up for a discussion on how to report on suicide in a responsible manner. What we’ll cover:

  • The link between suicide and mental illness
  • How irresponsible coverage can generate a contagion effect
  • Responsible language to use when reporting on suicide
  • Insight on when and how to cover suicide
  • Ideas for coverage that can make a positive difference

Lindsay Holmes, senior wellness editor at HuffPost
Maggie G. Mortali, senior program director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Tom Namako, news director at BuzzFeed News
John Daniszewski, vice president and editor at large for standards at the Associated Press
Victor Schwartz, chief medical officer at The Jed Foundation

The moderators are George Bodarky, news director at WFUV Public Radio and SPJ Deadline Club board member, and Claire Regan, Deadline Club president.

· What: Reporting on Suicide: How to Do It Responsibly
· When: Wednesday October 2nd, 2019. Talk 6:30 p.m.
· Where: McNally Amphitheater, Fordham Lincoln Center Campus, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
· Tickets: Free but please RSVP at:

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